Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Rhexia virginica L.
- Family: Meadow-beauty (Melastomaceae)
- Flowering: June-October
- Field Marks: This meadow-beauty has square, winged stems that are bristly hairy and pink
with 4 petals and 8 stamens.
- Habitat: Wet to saturated soils in swamps, higher parts of marshes, savannas, wet meadows and
prairies, ditches, margins of lakes and ponds.
- Habit: Perennial herb, occasionally with a few tubers.
- Stems: Upright, branched or unbranched, up to 18 inches tall, square with wing angles, bristly
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, oval to ovate, pointed at the tip, usually rounded at the sessile base,
strongly 3-nerved, bristly hairy, ciliate-toothed, up to 2 inches long, up to 1 inch wide.
- Flowers: Few to several in a terminal cluster, borne on bristly hairy stalks.
- Sepals: 4, united below to form an urn-shaped calyx, hairy, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Petals: 4, pink-purple, free from each other, rounded at the tip, up to 3/4 inch long.
- Stamens: 8, with the yellow anthers at right angles to the filaments.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; style slender.
- Fruits: Capsules urn-shaped, hairy, 1/2-3/4 inch long, persisting on the plant after the plant has
- Notes: This plant can be identified by its hairy urn-shaped capsules as long as the dead plant stands.
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