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Annual, short-lived perennial herb, in or near water; roots fibrous, from taproot or not, generally from lower leaf axils also.
Stem: generally soft.
Leaf: simple, opposite, ± 4-ranked; stipules scarious.
Inflorescence: flowers in upper axils, 1 or few in clusters.
Flower: small, inconspicuous, radial, bisexual; sepals, petals 2–5, equal in number, generally free; ovary spheric, styles 3–5, short.
Fruit: capsule, septicidal, ± spheric, ovoid, or depressed-ovoid, walls thin; chambers 2–5, each several to many-seeded.
Seed: small; surface net-like or glossy.
2 genera, 50 species: ± worldwide. [Yang & Tucker 2007 Fl China 13:55–56] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Tucker 1986 J Arnold Arbor 67:471–483]
1. Plant glandular-hairy; sepals, petals 5; sepals acute, midvein rib-like ..... BERGIA
1' Plant glabrous; sepals, petals 2–4; sepals obtuse, midvein not apparent ..... ELATINE
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