(Hairy Meadow Beauty - Maid Marian)
Melastomataceae (Melastoma) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Stems are four-angled with one pair of sides smaller than the others (rectangular). Preferred habitat is marshes, swales, damp ditches and peat swamps. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; lance-like to narrowly egg-shape and widest at the middle.
Flowers are in terminal clusters; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form; four sepals and four petals; pale pink; eight stamens that are bent to one side near the tip. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is capsule.