Bergia pentheriana Keissl.

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Bergia pentheriana

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district

Bergia pentheriana

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district

Bergia pentheriana

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district

Bergia pentheriana

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district

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Synonyms: Bergia pallide-rosea Gilg
Bergia prostrata Schinz
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with prostrate main branches and sub-erect branchlets. Leaves crowded on the short fertile, suberect branchlets, opposite, subsessile,ovate-lanceolate to oblong, 0.4-1.6 cm long, hairless on both surfaces or pubescent beneath; margins entire or minutely toothed, ciliolate; stipules linear-lanceolate, 2-3 mm long, glandular pubescent. Flowers axillary, solitary or in 2-3-flowered clusters, white or pink, petals slightly shorter than sepals; stamens 10 with 5 larger, c. 1.5 mm long, opposite the petals. Capsule splitting into 5 valves.
Derivation of specific name: pentheriana : named after Arnold Penther (1865-1931), Austrian zoologist who worked in the Zoology Department at the Vienna Natural History Museum and collected in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Habitat: Sandy soils and riverbanks in dry deciduous woodland.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and northern South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 February 2016

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 162. (Includes a picture).

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 46.

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 376 - 377. as Bergia prostrata (Includes a picture).

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Bergia pentheriana., retrieved 24 February 2020

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