Sabatia angularis

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Sabatia angularis
Sabatia angularis Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Sabatia
Species: S. angularis
Binomial name
Sabatia angularis
(L.) Pursh
SABA ANGU dist.jpg
Natural range of Sabatia angularis from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Rosepink[1], Bitter-bloom, Common marshpink

Taxonomic notes


"Glabrous, perennial or annual herbs with erect or ascending stems. Leaves opposite, entire, sessile. Inflorescence terminal, cymose. Calyx 5-13 parted, lobes united at bae, those of first flowers longest, smaller on later flowers; corolla rotate white or pink with yellow eye, lobes 5-13, tube becoming membranous and persistent around the capsule. Capsule ovoid to ellipsoid; seeds small, alveolate."[2]

"Annual, rhizomes absent. Stems freely branched, quadrangular, usually winged, 2-8 dm tall. Basal leaves absent or present at anthesis; stems leaves ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-5 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, acute. Inflorescence paniculate, 1-2.5 cm broad, to 3.5 dm long, branches opposite. Calyx lobes 5, linear to narrow lanceolate, 0.7-1.5 cm long; corolla lobes pink, rarely white, oblanceolate, 1.5-2cm long, 0.6-1 cm wide; filaments 3-5 mm long; stigmas and style 4-6 mm long. Capsule ellipsoid, 6-10 mm long, angles not winged; seeds blackish brown, 0.4-0.5 mm long."[2]


It is found in upland forests, forest edges, glades, and meadows. It is mostly an upland species, but sometimes will be seen along the edges of upland streams.[1]



In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, S. angularis can be found in floodplain forests, hardwoods, annually burned upland pine woodlands, annually burned savannas, upland pines, and limestone glades.[3]

Associated species include Schoenus nigricans, Rhynchospora divergens, and Juniperus.[3]


S. angularis has been observed to flower May to September.[1][4]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nelson, Gil. Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers: A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Coastal Regions of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Northeastern Florida. Guilford, CT: FalconGuide, 2006. 86. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Radford, Albert E., Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. 1964, 1968. The University of North Carolina Press. 838. Print.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey, Roy Komarek, R. A. Norris, Richard R. Clinebell II, J. M. Kane, Loran C. Anderson. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Jackson, Leon. Georgia: Grady, Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 13 DEC 2016