Species from eastern North America
Common name: Maryland meadowbeauty
Photographed in Lorance Creek Natural Area, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Atlanta State Park, Cass County, Texas.
Collected with Elizabeth Rosenauer (before she became my wife!)
Collected with permit.
Rhexia (deer grass, meadow beauty) is a genus of plants in the Melastomataceae family. Many Rhexia species, such as Rhexia aristosa, occur in wet pine savannas (see also flatwoods), and are dependent upon moist soil with recurring fire. Further north, Rhexia virginica is found on lakeshores with recurring disturbance from winter ice scour. In Nova Scotia, Rhexia virginica is considered a typical representative of the unusual coastal plain flora. In Ontario, the species occurs only within...