Rhexia virginica meadow beauty Melastomataceae RHVI2; R, gr (x), k, lp, t;

 

Rhexia virginica.Bobby Hathaway.discoverlife.org

Rhexia virginica.Bobby Hathaway.discoverlife.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Rhexia virginica is a perennial herb, from a tuber-like fibrous-rooted base; stems 20-100 cm, 4-sided, narrowly winged, bristles at nodes. 

Leaves opposite, stalkless (sessile), blade oval, round at base, 2-7cm long, 1-3 cm wide, 3-veined, often bristly above, margin toothed. 

Flowers rose-purple 2 cm wide, petals 4, very fragile, deciduous; blooming July- Sept. 

Fruit dry, a capsule; fruiting Aug.-Oct. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open, marshy and disturbed wet areas.