Houstonia purpurea L. - Mountain Houstonia
Family - Rubiaceae
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Flowering - May - June.
Habitat - Moist or open rocky woods, rocky slopes, stream banks.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This striking little species can be found in the Ozark region of Missouri. This species is easy to identify in the field because of its ovate leaves, which have 3-5 visible nerves, and its whitish-purple flowers, which are clustered at the apex of the stems.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 5-18-02.