Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Rhexia alifanus Walter
- Family: Meadow-beauty (Melastomaceae)
- Flowering: May-September
- Field Marks: Species of Rhexia are readily recognized by their opposite leaves with 3
veins and their flowers with four petals and 8 jointed stamens. This meadow-beauty differs
all others by its smooth stems and leaves and its lanceolate leaves.
- Habitat: Moist to dry pinelands, flatwoods, wet prairies, bogs, roadsides, sandy disturbed areas,
- Habit: Perennial herb with a short, spongy rootstock.
- Stems: Upright, branched or unbranched, smooth, up to 3 feet tall.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, lanceolate to elliptic, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, up to
3 inches long, up to 1/2 inch wide, with 3 conspicuous parallel veins, toothless, smooth.
- Flowers: Few to several in terminal cymes.
- Sepals: 4, triangular, green, smooth, united below to form a vase-like tube, the lobes up to
1/12 inch long, the tube up to 1 inch long.
- Petals: 4, purple to rose, up to 1 inch long, slightly hairy.
- Stamens: 8.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Capsules vase-shaped, up to 1/2 inch long, glandular-hairy; seeds brown, shiny,
angular, smooth or nearly so, up to 1/12 inch long.
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