Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Rose Pink (Sabatia angularis)
- Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
- Flowering: July-August.
- Field Marks: This species is recognized by its sharply angled, smooth stems, opposite, toothless leaves, and bright pink flowers.
- Habitat: Moist woods, marshes, old fields, glades, thickets.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Erect, branched, smooth, sharply angled, up to 2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, ovate-lanceolate to ovate, pointed at the tip, rounded at the sessile base, to 2 inches long.
- Flowers: Several in a panicle, bright pink, up to 1 1/2 inches across, on stalks up to 1 1/2 inches long.
- Sepals: 5, green, narrow, up to 3/4 inch long.
- Petals: 5 (rarely 6), united only at the base, up to 3/4 inch long, usually with a greenish "star" in the center.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules ellipsoid, up to 1/2 inch long, with minute, dark brown seeds.
- Notes: This species occupies a wide variety of both moist and dry habitats.
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