Melastomataceae / Meadow Beauty
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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
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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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9
Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
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