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Genus Bergia Family Elatinaceae

Description: Erect or prostrate annual or perennial herbs.

Leaves opposite, margins entire or toothed; petiole short; stipules 2, persistent.

Flowers solitary, paired, or in clusters. Sepals 3–5, subequal to petals; petals as many as sepals. Stamens 3–10. Carpels 3–5.

Seeds numerous, more or less cylindrical.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 25 species, drier tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 5 species, all mainland States, chiefly inland areas.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Stamens 10; flowers solitaryBergia perennis
Stamens 3–5; flowers in axillary clusters2
2Flowers usually 3- or 4-merous; petals obtuseBergia trimera
Flowers mostly 5-merous; petals acute
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3
3Sepals acute, narrow, alternating with petals, both clearly visibleBergia ammannioides
Sepals obtuse, broad, opposite and obscuring petals
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Bergia occultipetala

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