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Rhexia alifanus

Rhexia alifanus Walter

smooth meadow-beauty, savannah meadowbeauty

Synonym(s): Rhexia glabella
Rhexia alifanus (Smooth Meadow-beauty)
Image ID: 18579
Image by: Ware, Richard & Teresa
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: RHAL4
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia alifanus
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-11-24

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: RHEXI
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Rhexia
GENUS AUTHORITY: L.
GENUS COMMON: Meadowbeauty
GENUS SUMMARY: [contributed by Richard J. LeBlond]
GENUS IDENTIFICATION: Identification notes: Measurements of the hypanthium are to the base of the calyx lobes.
GENUS REFERENCES: Kral & Bostick (1969)=Z; Nesom (2012a)=Y; Bounds (1987); Wurdack & Kral (1982); Snyder (1996).

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: MELAST
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Melastomataceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: A.L. de Jussieu 1789
FAMILY COMMON: Melastome Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 200 genera and 4500-5000 species, trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs, of tropical, subtropical , and warm temperate areas.
FAMILY REFERENCE:

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: Erect perennial of wet pine flatwoods, savannas and pocosin borders; this species is more tolerant of merely moist (not saturated) soils than other Rhexias.
STEMS: Stems 4-angled, usually unbranched, bluish-green and smooth.
LEAVES: Leaves opposite, sessile, lance-shaped, tapered at both ends and pointing upward, to 2 3/4 in. long, with 3 conspicuous veins, mostly entire, bluish-green and smooth.
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS: Flowers in small terminal or upper axillary clusters, rosy-pink to purple, about 2 in. wide, with 4 spreading, asymmetric-oval petals arising from a glandular-hairy, urn-shaped tube; 8 stamens with curved yellow anthers conspicuously protrude from the corolla.
FRUITS: Fruit a round capsule enclosed in the urn-shaped tube.
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: 1 1/2-3 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Opposite
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION:

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY: Radial (Actinomorphic)
BLOOM TIME: May-Sep
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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BLOOM COLOR: Pink, purple
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
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FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Bogs/pocosins, Pine savannas
NATIVE RANGE: southeastern United States

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Smooth meadow-beauty is native to wet flatwoods, savannahs, and pocosins in the Coastal Plain. It has elegant pink flowers with curved yellow stamens atop tall stems. The reddish, urn-shaped seed capsules provide interest through the fall. This species is less likely to spread than white meadow-beauty (R. mariana var. exalbida) or Virginia meadow-beauty (R. virginica). Add this species to your bog garden or other moist, sunny spot for a striking splash of color.

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Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Moist/Wet
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 7
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE:
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
342 2011-0211 2011-10-19 346 View
1867 1986-1648 View
7558 2000-0321 2000-10-06 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
346 HORT 2010-10-06 Poythress View
1105 HORT 2006-09-07 Bryan View
1154 HORT 2006-10-08 Liloia View
1860 HORT Bryan View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
832 342 44 NCBG staff 2011-10-18 View
833 342 64 Liloia 2013-06-18 View
834 342 48 Mixon 2013-06-18 View
2960 1867 64 NCBG staff 1984-03-11 View
10620 7558 56 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View
10621 7558 58 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: RHAL4
USDA Common Name: Savannah Meadowbeauty
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FACW

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia alifanus
COMMON NAME: Smooth Meadow-beauty
SYNONYMY: [= GW, K, RAB, S, WH3, Y, Z]
PHENOLOGY: May-Sep.
HABITAT: Pine flatwoods and savannas, pocosin borders, more able to tolerate merely moist soils than other Rhexia species.
COMMENTS: A Southeastern Coastal Plain species: e. NC south to n. peninsular FL and west to se. Texas (Singhurst, Mink, & Holmes 2010). Our tallest and showiest Rhexia: the unbranched (unless injured), wand-like stems, with strongly ascending, bluish-green, generally entire leaves make this species unmistakable.
RANGE MAP: Rhexia alifanus.png

Key to Map Symbols
ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Melastomataceae A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Melastome Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 200 genera and 4500-5000 species, trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs, of tropical, subtropical , and warm temperate areas.
REFERENCE:
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Rhexia L. (Meadowbeauty)
SUMMARY: [contributed by Richard J. LeBlond]
REFERENCE: Kral & Bostick (1969)=Z; Nesom (2012a)=Y; Bounds (1987); Wurdack & Kral (1982); Snyder (1996).

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Rhexia alifanus in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Rhexia alifanus in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Rhexia alifanus in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Rhexia alifanus in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Rhexia alifanus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhexia alifanus

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 18579
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 18579

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