Yellow Meadow Beauty - Golden Meadow Beauty
Melastomataceae (Melastoma) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is savannas, moist pine woods and bogs. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; one whole part; no leaf stalk; no teeth and no lobes, but is not unusual to show scattered teeth occasionally; shape is variable; linear to widest in the middle or oblong to lance-like; egg-shaped.
Flowers are in a cluster at the end of the stem; bisexual, symmetrical in shape; four yellow sepals and four petals; eight stamens that are bent to one side near the tip. Flowering occurs from late spring to middle of summer.
Fruit is a capsule.