Meadow Beauty
(Savannah Meadow Beauty - Smooth Meadow Beauty - Rose Meadow Beauty)
Rhexia alifanus (Walt)
Melastomataceae (Melastoma) Family

Photo courtesy George Griffin, Pensacola, FL

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Preferred habitat is savannas, pine woods and roadsides on secondary roads. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite; consisting of one part; short stalk; lance-like to being widest at the center; no teeth and no lobes; base of leaf is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are in a terminal cluster; bisexual; symmetrical; four sepals and four petals; pink; eight stamens that are bent to one side near the tip. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

Although the family is mostly tropical there are six native species in the Escambia region.

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