Wild Florida Photo - Rhexia petiolata

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Rhexia petiolata

FRINGED MEADOWBEAUTY

Florida native

 

A frequent small herb of savannas, flatwoods, bogs and coastal swales in the northern counties and south into the central Florida peninsula. The range extends throughout the southeastern coastal states from Texas to Maryland.
Fringed meadowbeauty is one of two Rhexia species with pink flowers and short anthers. R. petiolata has distinctly ciliate, ovate leaves that are hairy on the underside and glabrous floral tubes and urns. Compare this with R. nuttallii.

 
Rhexia petiolata is a member of the Melastomataceae - Melastome family.

Other species of the Rhexia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Rhexia mariana - MARYLAND MEADOWBEAUTY
  View  Rhexia parviflora - WHITE MEADOWBEAUTY
  View  Rhexia alifanus - SAVANNAH MEADOWBEAUTY
  View  Rhexia nuttallii - NUTTALL'S MEADOWBEAUTY
  View  Rhexia virginica - HANDSOME HARRY
  View  Rhexia cubensis - WEST INDIAN MEADOWBEAUTY