Bergia named after Dr Petter Jonas Bergius (1730-90), Swedish physician and botanist. Diacheiron refers to the character of the prominent bracteoles clasping and partially enclosing the flower.
Distribution and status
Found in the north central and north-eastern parts of South Australia, growing on sandy, gravelly or clay soils. Also found in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Uncommon in the Northern Territory. Common in Queensland.
Herbarium region: Lake Eyre
NRM region: South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Prostrate perennial herb. Indumentum of eglandular hairs or lacking. Leaves elliptic, to 5.5 mm long and 2.5 mm wide, acute or rarely mucronate, glabrous, margin serrate, venation obscure. Stipules to 2 mm long and 1 mm wide. Flowers solitary, sessile. Bracteoles appressed to and shorter than calyx, elliptic, to 2 mm long and 0.6 mm wide, margin broad, white, fimbriate. Sepals 5, ovate, to 2.2 mm long and 1.2 mm wide, acuminate, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, green, margin broad, white, laciniate, keel obscure or absent. Petals 5, narrow-obovate, to 2.5 mm long and 0.7 mm wide, obtuse, rarely mucronate, longer than sepals, erect at anthesis. Stamens 3-5, to 1 6 mm long, filament flattened, dilated at base. Fruits are globular capsule to 1.2 mm diameter, 3-locular. Seeds are linear.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect stems with maturing capsules, those that are fat, drying off and contain brown seeds. Place the stems in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the plant especially the capsules gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a fine sieve to separate the unwanted material. Be very careful as the seeds are very small. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|BGA||7,700 (0.21 g)||29-Sep-2007||Bloodwood Bore|