Bergia polyantha Sond.

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Bergia polyantha

Picture: Anka Eichhoff
Farm Otjombindi, Namibia

Bergia polyantha

Picture: Anka Eichhoff
Farm Otjombindi, Namibia

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Status: Native
Small annual herb. Stems prostrate or decumbent, 4-sided, glabrous, often purplish. Leaves opposite, ± sessile, 0.5-1.7 cm long, narrowly elliptic to oblancolate, glabrous and glaucous. Flowers single or occasionally in pairs in the leaf axils; pedicels slender, up to 1.8 cm long. Petals white or rose, 2.5-3 mm long. Style very short, less than 0.5 mm long and much shorter than the ovary. Capsule splitting into 5 valves. Seeds numerous.
Type location:
Orange Free State (Vaal River)
Derivation of specific name: polyantha: many-flowered.
Habitat: In damp places.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Arabia, Somalia and southern Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Content last updated: Saturday 29 August 2020

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 39.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 55.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 206.

Wild, H. (1961). Elatinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 374 - 376. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bergia polyantha
African Plant Database: Bergia polyantha
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bergia polyantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bergia polyantha
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Wikipedia: Bergia polyantha

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Bergia polyantha., retrieved 28 January 2023

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