Synonym(s): Rhexia ciliosa
Image ID: 16699
Image by: Sorrie, Bruce A.
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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia petiolata
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Last Modified: 2018-02-06
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:Erect or ascendingperennial of wet pine flatwoods and savannas, pocosin borders and ditches. STEMS: Stems 4-angled, narrowly winged, unbranched or forked above, and smooth. LEAVES: Leaves opposite, short-petiolate, broadly elliptic to oval, about 3/4 in. long, with 3 conspicuous veins and finely toothed, bristly margins; smooth or sparsely hairy and sometimes bristly above. INFLORESCENCE: FLOWERS: Flowers single or in few-flowered terminal clusters, often upward pointing; purple to pink; to 1 1/2 in. wide; consisting of 4 petals arising from a glandular-bristly, urn-shaped tube and 8 stamens bearing straight, yellow anthers. FRUITS:Fruit a round capsule enclosed in the urn-shaped tube. COMMENTS: HEIGHT: 6-20 in. DURATION:
Opposite LEAF COMPLEXITY:
Simple LEAF RETENTION: FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
BLOOM TIME: Jun-Sep
BLOOM COLOR: Pink, purple
FRUITING PERIOD: DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Bogs/pocosins, Disturbed, Pine savannas
NATIVE RANGE: southeastern United States HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Smaller and less conspicuous than most other Rhexia species, usually no taller than 1 foot. Ciliate meadow-beauty lacks the protruding, bright yellow stamens that are typical of the genus. Preferred habitat is wet savannas, bogs and moist flatwoods of the coastal region. Members of this genus have a distinctive urn-shaped fruit that Thoreau once compared to a little cream pitcher.
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 petiolata
COMMON NAME: Ciliate Meadow-beauty, Short-stemmed Meadow-beauty
SYNONYMY: [= C, G, GW, K, RAB, Va, WH3, Y, Z; = R. ciliosa Michaux - F, S]
HABITAT: Wet pine flatwoods and savannas, pocosin borders, and ditches.
COMMENTS: May-Oct. A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: se. VA south to s. FL and west to se. TX. The flowers are sessile, the petals ascending.
RANGE MAP: Rhexia petiolata.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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