Bergia ammannioides Roth


Nov. Sp. Pl. Ind. Or. 219 (1821)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect, simple or few-branched annual, mostly 6–40 cm high; stems with a mixture of simple and glandular hairs, at least when young. Leaves subsessile, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 7–18 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide; margins serrulate, at least toward apex. Flowers shortly pedicellate, densely clustered in axils; sepals 5, narrow, acuminate, c. 1.5–2.5 mm long, midrib thickened, green, slightly keeled, margins thin, minutely serrulate or ciliate, often purplish; petals sub-equal to sepals, white or tinged pink, membranous; stamens and styles each 5. Capsule globular, dark reddish, slightly shorter than perianth. Seeds cylindric, c. 0.4 mm long, virtually smooth. Flowers Dec.–Apr.

MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv. All mainland States. Also Africa, Asia. Rare in Victoria, apparently now confined to the far north-west (Hattah Lakes and Mildura areas), collected from Lake Hindmarsh and near Dimboola late last century. Usually occurs on recently inundated sandy soil beside lakes, rivers and billabongs.

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
family Elatinaceae
genus Bergia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bergia ammannioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bergia ammannioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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