Index- plants in this Family
Melastomataceae / Meadow Beauty
Maryland Meadowbeauty (Rhexia mariana)
Maryland Meadowbeauty is also known as Pale Meadow Beauty and Dull Meadow Pitchers. Meadow Pitchers, Deergrass and Meadow Beauty apply to the entire genus.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant which can reach 100cm in height (40inches). The stems often have four sides, flat, concave or convex and usually has glandular hairs.
Leaves: The leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can reach 8cm in length (3inches). With fine sharp teeth, linear, lanceolate or oblong.
Flowers: The flowers have 4 Regular Parts and are up to 2.5cm wide (1 inches). They are white to a rose purple. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into late summer. The petals are usually asymmetrical and emerge from a hypanthium that encases the ovary completely and is shaped like a pitcher. The anthers are curved.
Fruit: A seed capsule shaped like a small jug with four points.
Habitat: Open areas, moist at least in the spring. Often on disturbed sites.
Range: Most of the southeastern U. S. More common in the deep south.

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Common Meadow Beauty

The leaves of some Meadow Beauties have a sweet-tart taste and are eaten in salads.

Similar Species: Rhexia is the only genus of the Meadow Beauty family within our range. The several thousand others live mostly in the American tropics. There are about a dozen species of Rexia in the US which include the following.

Handsome Harry or Virginia Meadow Beauty (R. virginica) has an almost square stem which may be hairy or almost hairless and up to a meter tall with toothed leaves which can be ovate or elliptical and have 3 (sometimes 5) prominent veins. The flower petals are a rich pink or purple and are somewhat lopsided. There are eight prominent stamens with yellow anthers. It can be found from Ontario to Florida.
Awn-petalled Meadow Beauty (R. aristosia) is similar to above except for having narrow leaves and sharp pointed petals. It is found mostly in pine barrens.
Savannah or Smooth Meadow Beauty (R. alifanus) has a hairless stem which is often unbranched and a hairy hypantium. The anthers are curved sharply.
Yellow Meadow Beauty (R. lutea) has yellow petals and can be 40 cm (16") tall. It is found in low pinelands and bogs from Florida to Texas and as far north as North Carolina.

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Rhexia mariana

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Pale Meadow Beauty  © Paul Rebmann
This specimen is from Florida and has rose purple petals.

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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