Fringed Meadow Beauty
Rhexia petiolata - Walter
Melastomataceae (Melastoma) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. This slender herb is rarely more than 12 inches tall. Preferred habitat is wet savannas, bogs and moist flat woods of the coastal region.

Leaves are opposite; consisting of one part; no leaf stalk (sessile); lance-like to widest at the center; finely toothed margins but no lobes. Base of leaf is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are usually singular; small; at the tip of a stem. Flowers are bisexual; symmetrical in shape; four sepals; four petals; pink to pale purple; eight stamens. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

Members of this genus have a distinctive urn-shaped fruit that Thoreau once compared to a little cream pitcher. The Nuttall Rhexia is the only species with glandular hairs on the urn. Although the family is mostly tropical, there are at least six native species in the Escambia region; all pink, yellow or white.

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