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Bergia aestivosa Wight & Arn., Prodr. 41. 1834; Dyer in Fl. Brit. India 1: 251. 1872. Elatine aestivosa (Wight & Arn.) Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. t. 222. 1839.


Glabrous undershrubs; stems erect, 20 - 25 cm, woody at base, branches numerous, opposite, slender, divaricate. Leaves dimorphic, opposite-decussate, subsessile, 20 - 25 x 5 - 8 mm, narrowly oblong to oblong, linear on flowering branches, acute at apex, crenate, serrulate or entire; stipules 1 - 3 mm long, setaceous, glandular, persistent. Flowers solitary or 2 - 4 in axillary, lax, fasciculate cymes, 3 - 4 mm across; pedicels 2- 3.5 mm long, hairy. Sepals 2 - 2.5 mm long, lanceolate, acute, keeled, denticulate with membranous margins, glabrous. Petals pinkish or white, ca 3 mm long, obovate, mucronate, entire, transparent. Stamens 10, alternately shorter; filaments 1.5 - 2.3 mm long, dilated at base; anthers oblong. Ovary ca 2 mm long, ovoid or pyramidal, 5-loculed, sulcate; styles ca 1 mm long, free, straight; stigmas subcapitate. Capsules ovoid, 5-locular, whitish-pink, minute, ellipsoid, dark brown to black.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - Dec.

Distrib. lndia: Punjab West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Pakistan, Iraq and Indonesia(Java).




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