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Bergia ammannioides Roth, Nov. P1. Sp. 219. 1821. Dalz. & Gibs., Bomb. Fl. 14. 1861; Boiss., Fl. Or. 1 :782.1867; Thisleton Dyer in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1: 251.1874; Cooke, Fl. Bomb. Pres., 1:77.1908; Kashyap, Lahore Dist. Fl. 44. 1936; Jafri, Fl. Kar. 233.1966; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 16:4. 1966; Maheshwari, Fl. Delhi 72, 1963; Verde. in Milne-Redhead & Polhill, Fl. Trop. E. Afr.3:1968.

  • Bergia ammannioides var. pentandra Wight
  • Bergia pentandra Camb. ex Guill. & Perr.
  • Elatine ammannioides (Roxb. ex Roth) Wight & Arn.

    Annual, 8-35 cm tall, erect or somewhat decumbent, branched herb of moist places. Stem and branches mostly pinkish, glandular pubescent, rarely sub-glabrous. Leaves opposite, subsessile or shortly petiolate, oblong-obovate, elliptic oblong, lanceolate or oblanceolate, 4-25 mm long, 2-15 mm broad, apex acute, margin minutely and distinctly serrate, glandular pubescent or almost glabrous; stipules triangular lanceolate, hairy with serrate margins, acute, 2-4 mm long. Inflorescence dense or loose axillary fasciculate cyme of 6-12 or more flowers. Flowers reddish, usually 5-merous, 0.5-2 mm long and c. 2 mm across; pedicels slender, 1-5 mm long, glandular pubescent. Sepals 5, free, 1.5- 2.5 mm long, linear-lanceolate to ovate-oblong, acute, the keel and often coloured margins ciliolate, glandular pubescent. Petals 5, lanceolate or oblanceolate, 1-2.5 mm long, obtuse or sub-acute, white or pink. Stamens usually 5, rarely more. Carpels 5, united; styles 5, free, recurved. Capsule reddish, ovoid or subglobose, margins of the valves incurved. Seeds minute, with rounded ends, dark brown, shining, somewhat reticulate.

    Fl. Per.: November-June

    Type: India, Heyne.

    Distribution: Uzbeck SSR, Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, W. Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Southern China, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Kenya, Tanganyika, West Africa, Sudan, Mozambique, Zambia, Rhodesia and S.W. Africa (Verde. l.c.).


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