Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Aquatic or semi-acquatic herbs (rarely subshrubs), often creeping and rooting at nodes, resinous. Leaves opposite or whorled, simple, entire or toothed; stipules present, scarious. Flowers small, solitary in leaf-axils, or in small axillary cymes, bisexual, actinomorphic; sepals 2–6, free or fused in lower half; petals equal in number to sepals; stamens as many as or twice the number of petals, anthers opening by longitudinal slits; ovary superior, 2–5-locular (but incompletely divided in Bergia); ovules numerous. Fruit a septicidal capsule or schizocarp; seeds lacking endosperm.

2 genera and c. 40 species, widespread in tropics and temperate regions; 2 genera with 6 species in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Elatinaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
Higher taxa
family Elatinaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Bergia
genus Elatine