Handsome Harry - Wing Stem Meadow Beauty
Rhexia virginica - Linnaeus
Melastomataceae (Melastoma) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial with a rhizome, often spongy stems, four angled and slightly winged. Preferred habitat is ditches, thin pine woods; common on meadows, bogs and marshes. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; very short leaf stalks; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal or may form an angle to the left with tip pinched. Shape is lance-like or oval and widest at the middle, rounded at base; margins are slightly toothed.
Flowers are at the end of the stem; bisexual; symmetrical in shape; four sepals and four petals; eight stamens that are bent to one side at the tip. Color is pale pink. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is an urn-shaped capsule.