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  1. Family: Elatinaceae Dumort.
    1. Genus: Bergia L.
      1. Bergia mossambicensis Wild

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Mozambique.

    [FZ]

    Elatinaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Erect herb up to 20 cm. tall and somewhat branched; stems brownish, pilose but becoming glabrous later.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, sessile or subsessile, 0·7–2·5 × 0·25–0·8 cm., rather membranous, narrowly elliptic, narrowly oblanceolate or oblanceolate, acuminate or acute at the apex, cuneate at the base, margin serrulate with the teeth gland-tipped; stipules 2–3 mm. long, subulate, pilose.
    Flowers
    Flowers in axillary 5–9-flowered fascicles or cymes, on very slender, pilose pedicels up to 6 mm. long; bracts up to 2 mm. long, subulate, single-nerved, with ciliolate-pubescent margins.
    Calyx
    Sepals 1·5–2 × 0·5 mm., lanceolate, subulate at the apex, pilose on the back with a green keel and purplish margins.
    Corolla
    Petals probably white, slightly shorter than the sepals, c. 1·5 × 0·75 mm., subacute or obtuse.
    Stamens
    Stamens 10 or occasionally 12, filaments broadened at the base and narrowing gradually to a subulate apex, those opposite the sepals c. 1·5 mm. long and those opposite the petals c. 1·3 mm. long; anthers versatile, broadly oblong and c. 0·3 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary ovoid, glabrous, 5-locular, longitudinally 5-ribbed, loculi many-ovuled; styles 5, slender, recurved, as long or almost as long as the ovary.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 1–5 mm. in diam., splitting into 5 valves.
    Seeds
    Seeds brown, 0·4–0·5 × 0·15–0·2 mm., very numerous, narrowly oblong-cylindric, minutely longitudinally striate.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique

    Other Data

    Bergia mossambicensis Wild appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 31: 93 (1957)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0