OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhexia alifanus   FAMILY Melastomataceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhexia alifanus   FAMILY Melastomataceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 136-01-002:
Rhexia alifanus   FAMILY Melastomataceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty


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image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_rhal4_003_lvd

        

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

JK Marlow    s060423_a

April    Berkeley County?    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Rhexia's hard, upright, urn-shaped capsules are highly distinctive, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

Will Stuart    wil_540812451_ae8f0c9032

June    Charleston County    SC

Santee Coastal Reserve

Petals mostly 1"; 8 conspicuous stamens terminated by bright yellow anthers, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_rhexia_alifanus_4

July        

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

Will Stuart    wil_rhexia_alifanus_055

July    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

A recently burned longleaf savanna.

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_rhexia_alifanus_16

September        

Anthers 5-11mm long, distinctly curved, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

JK Marlow    jkm081009_064

October    Dorchester County    SC

image of Rhexia alifanus, Smooth Meadowbeauty, Savanna Meadowbeauty

JK Marlow    jkm161001_769

October    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Allifae was a town in Italy where large drinking mugs were once made, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhexia alifanus   FAMILY Melastomataceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhexia alifanus   FAMILY Melastomataceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 136-01-002:
Rhexia alifanus   FAMILY Melastomataceae

 

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2088

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common, endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in pine flatwoods & savannas, pocosin borders - more able to tolerate merely moist soils than other Rhexia species, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Pink/ Purplish
Bisexual
4-merous
4 petals
8 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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