Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Sabatia gentianoides Elliott
- Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
- Flowering: July-August
- Field Marks: This rose-gentian is characterized by its flowers which have 7-12 petals and
flowers sessile or nearly so.
- Habitat: Low pinelands, flatwoods, bogs, wet prairies, savannas, wet ditches, seepage slopes.
- Habit: Annual herb with slender roots.
- Stems: Upright, branched or unbranched, smooth, up to 2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Of two kinds: basal leaves in a rosette, simple, oblong to elliptic, up to 1 1/2 inches
long, up to 1/2 inch wide; leaves on stem opposite, simple, linear, up to 2 1/2 inches long, up
to 1/8 inch wide; all leaves toothless, smooth.
- Flowers: Flowers sessile, crowded into small heads with up to 5 flowers.
- Sepals: 10, green, smooth, united below in a cup, the lobes very narrow and pointed, up to
1/2 inch long, the cup up to 1/4 inch long.
- Petals: 7-12, united below in a tube, the lobes pink, up to 1 1/4 inches long, up to 1/3 inch
wide, the tube greenish yellow, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Stamens: 5-12, attached to the corolla tube.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules ellipsoid to ovoid, up to 1/3 inch long; seeds numerous, gray-green, minute.
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