Rhexia aristosa
awned meadowbeauty

Rhexia aristosa
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Rhexia aristosa
Common name: awned meadow beauty
Group: dicot
Family: Melastomataceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 1 meter
Foliage: opposite, linear, lanceolate leaves; sparsely hirsute, 3-nerved, aristate (awned), leaves fairly adpressed
Flower: large pink-purple flowers; sepals aristate
Flowering time: July
Habitat: wetland pine barrens vernal ponds
Range in New Jersey: Atlantic county
Heritage ranking, if any: S1, Endangered; LP; HL
Misc. wetland obligate; range in New Jersey to Alabama. The family is primarily a tropical one, with the genus Rhexia found more northernly. Rhexia aristosa is at the end of its northern range in New Jersey.