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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

Elatinaceae - The Waterwort Family


Small, usually freely branched annuals of shores, flats or shallow water. Leaves simple, opposite, entire or glandular-serrate, with small membranous stipules. Flowers axillary, 1-few per axil, small and nonshowy, perfect, regular, hypogynous; sepals and petals (2)3 or 5 (in those included here); stamens numbering the same or 2X the number of petals; styles 3 or 5, ovary 3- or 5-celled. Fruit a capsule; seeds few to many, pitted.

Lead Characteristic Go To
1 Plants glandular-pubescent; flowers 5-merous. Genus Bergia
1 Plants glabrous; flowers (2)3-merous. Genus Elatine


16. Elatinaceae, the Waterwort Family
1. Bergia L.
1. Bergia texana (Hook.) Walp.
2. Elatine L. -- Waterwort
1. Elatine triandra Schkuhr


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