Small-leaf Sabatia - Short Leaf Rose Gentian
Sabatia brevifolia
Gentian Family


Plant is an upright, smooth branching annual. Preferred habitat is brackish marshes, pine woods and cypress bogs. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are small; lance-like; widest at the center; smooth; consisting of one whole part; no teeth and no lobes; some plants are known to have leaves that are nearly filiform.

The flower of Small Leaf Sabatia is at the end of a short stalk; usually solitary. The calyx is lobed; corolla is rotate, 5 parts; white with a tinge of pink or sometimes yellow at the base.

Fruit is a capsule.

Unlike the Marsh Pink, this flower is not bordered by a red or white line. Flowers occur in the summer.

Winged Sabatia (S. quadrangula)
Gentian Family

Winged Sabatia is quite simi-
lar; stems are opposite and angled; small wings on the stem between branches.

Leaves are primarily in a basal rosette; oblong to lance-like and clasping the stem.

Flower corolla is white or occasionally light pink; 5-6 lobes; resting atop opposite stalks in the same fashion as branches.

Its preferred habitat is savannas, peat bogs and the margin of cypress swamps. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Fruit is a capsule.

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