Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wetland Plant of the Week #28

Rhexia mariana"Meadow beauty"

One of several meadow beauty species, Rhexia mariana displays a four sided stem, an erect posture and varying amounts of pubescence (small hairs). A perennial and rhizomonous plant, R. mariana is a Facultative Wet species in Florida and can be found residing in bogs and hydric flatwoods Statewide.

A distinctive characteristic of the genus: All of the Rhexia species have a distinctive “urn-shaped” floral tube that encloses their capsulated fruits.

This one was photographed yesterday near Stephen Foster State Park.

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