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Bergia Linn., Mant. 2:152. 1771. Thisleton Dyer in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1: 251. 1872.

Diffusely branched, erect or decumbent, annual or perennial herbs or undershrubs, often glandular-pubescent or glabrous. Leaves opposite or pseudoverticillate, oblong-linear to elliptic, crenate-serrate or sometimes entire; stipules denticulate or ciliate. Flowers sessile or pedicellate, usually 3-5-merous. Sepals 3-5, lanceolate to ovate-oblong, acute, keeled with hairy, denticulate or serrulate membranous margins. Petals 3-5, mostly ovate-oblong or lanceolate-oblanceolate,, equalling the sepals or subequal. Stamens mostly 5 or 10 in two whorls, rarely more or less, those opposite the petals shorter, the rest with filaments dilated below; anthers small. Carpels 3-5, syncarpous rarely free; ovary ovoid or subglobose-globose, sulcate, 3-5 locular; styles 3-5, free, straight or recurved, usually shorter than the ovary. Capsule 3-5- locular, ovoid-globose, septicidal or septifragal, subcrustaceous. Seeds dark brown to black, sub-cylindric or oblong-ellipsoid, faintly to strongly reticulate.

25 species; distributed in temperate and tropical regions.

1 Annual, pubescent herb. Flowers in dense or fairly loose axillary fascicles of 6-12 or more flowers. Stamens usually 5.   Bergia ammannioides
+ Perennial, woody at the base, much branched spreading shrublets. Flowers solitary or in axillary fascicles of 2-8. Stamens usually 10.   (2)
2 (1) Aromatic, pubescent shrublet, Stipules linear or lanceolate. Cyme of 2-8 flowers. Sepals ovate, with conspicuous hairs on margins.   Bergia suffruticosa
+ Non- aromatic, glabrous or nearly glabrous shrublet. Stipules setaceous. Cyme of 2-4 flowers. Sepals lanceolate, denticulate with glabrous margins.   Bergia aestivosa

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