Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales
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This is a distinctive Rhexia, despite its rosy-pink flowers. It is the only one whose flowers face upward, toward the sky, as opposed to outward, facing the horizon. ... Also, the yellow anthers are erect and straight. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 136-01-001:
Rhexia petiolata FAMILY Melastomataceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ciliate Meadowbeauty, Short Meadowbeauty, Fringed Meadowbeauty, Bog Meadowbeauty
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Leaves sessile, less than 1" long, margins lined w short conspicuous hairs, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
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July Chesterfield County SC
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Anthers straight to slightly curved, usually shorter than the filaments, per Weakley's Flora (2012).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_rhexia_petiolata_6
Calyx segments acuminate-aristate. Petals lavender-rose to pink, per Weakley's Flora (2012).
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p095
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p267
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p373
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p355
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p260
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p206
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