Patch of Maryland meadow-beauty.
22 Jul 2015.
Batsto Village, Burlington Co, NJ.
Found near a pine barrens river.
ID courtesy of Andrey Zharkikh.
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...