Synonym(s): Rhexia glabella
Image ID: 18579
Image by: Ware, Richard & Teresa
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia alifanus
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Last Modified: 2018-11-24
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 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:
INTRO:Erectperennial 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:
Opposite LEAF COMPLEXITY:
Simple LEAF RETENTION: FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
BLOOM TIME: May-Sep
BLOOM COLOR: Pink, purple
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.
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
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia alifanus
COMMON NAME: Smooth Meadow-beauty
SYNONYMY: [= GW, K, RAB, S, WH3, Y, Z]
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 SymbolsABOUT 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).
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