Gentianaceae (Gentian) Family
Bartram's Rose Gentian is also known as Ten-Petal Marsh Pink, Marsh Pink, Large Marsh Pink and Rose Gentian.
Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Its preferred habitat is savannas, wet pinelands and ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia flood plain.
The leaves are opposite; unstalked; lower leaves spreading and spatula-shape to oblong; no teeth and no lobes. Upper leaves are usually pressed to the stem; clasping and becoming narrowly lance-like to long and slender.
Flowers are in the leaf axil. The calyx is lobed; corolla is rotate (like a wheel); deeply parted into 7-12 lobes; rose to pink in color with a yellow spot bordered by red at the base of each lobe. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a capsule.
The related species S. dodecandra is similar but the flowers are not supported by leafy bracts and stem leaves are not clasping