West Indian (Seaside) Meadow Beauty
Rhexia cubensis
Melastomataceae (Malestoma) Family

Plant is an upright, hairy perennial with rhizomes from which new growth emerges. The stem is unequal, having four sides (two more narrow than the other) that form a rectangular effect. Preferred habitat is savannas, flatwoods, bogs, ditches and wet,weedy roadsides.  Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem, consisting of one whole part; no leaf stalk (sessile); tapering to the tip with sides less than equal or may form an angle to the left and pinched at the tip; midvein conspicuous. Shape is lance-like; widest at the middle; or may be egg-shaped to linear. Leaf margins are toothed and base graduates to a nearly rounded point, appearing somewhat likes ears.

Flowers are in a cluster at the end of a stem; bisexual; symmetrical in form; four sepals; four petals that are bright lavender but usually shading to nearly white at the base; however, most petals are pale pink in color; eight stamens that are bent to one side near the tip. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

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