Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Maryland Meadow Beauty (Rhexia mariana)
- Family: Melastome (Melastomaceae)
- Flowering: May-October.
- Field Marks: This Rhexia differs by its unwinged stems and its smooth petals.
- Habitat: Wet prairies, low woods, in ditches.
- Habit: Perennial herb with horizontal roots.
- Stems: Erect, branched or unbranched, usually hairy, not winged, to 20 inches tall.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, linear-lanceolate to ovate, pointed at the tip, rounded or tapering to the base, without teeth, hairy, up to 3 inches long, up to 1 inch broad.
- Flowers: Few in a cyme, up to 1 3/4 inches across, pink to pink-purple.
- Sepals: 4, green, united, forming a flask-shaped tube, hairy.
- Petals: 4, pink to pink-purple, free, not hairy, up to 1 inch long.
- Stamens: 8.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Capsules flask-shaped, up to 1/3 inch long; seeds brown, slightly warty.
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