Rhexia alifanus

Family:MELASTOMATACEAE
Species:Rhexia alifanus Walter
Common Name:Savannah Meadow Beauty; Smooth Meadow Beauty; Rose Meadow Beauty
Habitat:**
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Herb
Duration:Perennial
Category:Vascular
USDA Symbol:RHAL4
Plant Notes:Savannah Meadow Beauty is a native herbaceous perennial in the Melastome family (Melastomataceae). It is native to the southern half of Alabama. Savannah Meadow Beauty grows in pine flatwoods, pine savannas, pitcher plant bogs, seeps, and wet roadside ditches. It is a perennial from an enlarged spongy root. One or more unbranched stems are produced from each root stock. The stems are up to 4 feet in height. The stems are glabrous and yellowish green in color. Leaves are opposite, sessile, lanceolate to elliptic in outline, with entire margins. The leaves are glabrous and often glaucous. The leaf has three main veins from the base—the mid vein and one vein along each margin of the Flowers are produced in branched inflorescences at the ends of the stems. Each flower has 4 rose-purple petals. The petals are glandular beneath. The hypanthium is glandular pubescent with black tipped glands. The fruit is a vase-shaped capsule with numerous seed. Savannah Meadow Beauty is our largest and showiest Meadow Beauty. It is sometimes available from native plant nurseries. It prefers full sun and a moist, acidic soil. It can be grown in pool or bog gardens, and makes and excellent companion plant for carnivorous plants.--A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:**
Status:Native, FACW (NWI)
References:**
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

** Not applicable or data not available.

Classification

FamilyMELASTOMATACEAE - Melastome family
Genus Rhexia
Species Rhexia alifanus Walter - Savannah Meadow Beauty; Smooth Meadow Beauty; Rose Meadow Beauty

Citation

Citation RHEXIA ALIFANUS Walter, Fl. Carol. 130. 1788.
Basionym: **
Type: SOUTH CAROLINA: Berkeley Co.: 8 mi. W of Pineville, 17 Jun 1955, James 675 (neotype: GH). Neotypified by C. W. James, Brittonia 8: 218. 1956.

** Not applicable or data not available.

Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Rhexia glabella var. alifanus Rhexia glabella Michaux, var. alifanus (Walter) Pursh, Fl. Amer. Sept. 258. 1814.Rhexia alifanus Walter 1788. 
Rhexia glabella Rhexia glabella Michaux, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 222. 1803. "Carolinae et Georgiae", without data, Michaux s.n. (holotype: P).

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Houston, Lee, Mobile, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, Washington

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: AUA, JSU, SAMF, TROY, UNA, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1951 - 2007

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
Image
TROY000007040 Coffee 27 Aug 1999 Brian H. Martin
122
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
TROY000035563 Bullock 19 Jun 2012 Bailee Dykes
887
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC069663 Covington 20 JUN 2008 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
3340
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00059991 Baldwin 10 Nov 2002 Tad M. Zebryk
7983
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
JSU132463 Baldwin 17 May 1974 Kenneth E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132469 Mobile 8 Jun 1997 D. D. Spaulding
9908
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00019986 Mobile 28 Aug 1951 R. L. Chermock
s.n.
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
UWAL0011952 Conecuh 28 Jun 2011 Keener, Brian R.
6566
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UWAL0032004 Houston 30 Jul 2015 Diamond, Alvin R.
26651
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walter
TROY000043826 Escambia 02 Jun 2016 Alvin R. Diamond
27450
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00059604 Baldwin 10 Nov 2002 Tad M. Zebryk
7995
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
TROY000007043 Montgomery 19 Jul 2007 Alvin R. Diamond
17811
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132467 Houston 22 Jun 1984 R. D. Whetstone
14201
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
TROY000039230 Pike 07 Jul 2014 Alvin R. Diamond
25295
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00019976 Mobile 26 Jul 1966 Rebecca Deramus
554
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC046369 Escambia 8 AUG 1987 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
3472
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
AUA_ACC051042 Pike 29 JUL 1990 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
7056
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00019982 Washington 04 Aug 1980 Robert R. Haynes
8109
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
JSU132462 Baldwin 22 Aug 1968 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC046800 Butler 30 AUG 1987 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
3565
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
AUA_ACC018944 Geneva 18 AUG 1970 MOORE, HAROLD D.
653
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00058085 Baldwin 26 May 2002 Brian R. Keener
2078
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC019273 Elmore 10 JUL 1970 MOORE, HAROLD D.
350
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00019984 Covington 13 Jul 1978 L. J. Davenport
577
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
TROY000007037 Bullock 04 Sep 2003 Alvin R. Diamond
14114
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC043818 Conecuh 12 JUL 1985 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
1177
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UWAL0044092 Baldwin 27 May 1995 Larsen, H.S.
57
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132471 Russell 27 Jun 1978 R. Kral
62181
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00060334 Mobile 21 Nov 2002 Tad M. Zebryk
8066
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
TROY000007038 Butler 21 Jun 2007 Alvin R. Diamond
17728
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
TROY000033625 Barbour 20 Aug 2011 Derek Morrison
33
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UWAL0011470 Bullock 19 Jun 2012 Dykes, Bailee
0885
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00019979 Mobile 26 Jun 1964 Rebecca Deramus
D185
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC017358 Baldwin 25 JUL 1969 REBOIS, R. V.
71
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
AUA_ACC017357 Coffee 24 JUL 1969 SIMMONDS, E. P.
69
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UWAL0043581 Baldwin 28 May 1993 Walker, M.M.
20
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
JSU132461 Baldwin 26 Jul 1968 S. C. Johnson
X-49-156
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132464 Baldwin 22 Aug 1968 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UWAL0030827 Mobile 18 Aug 1987 Kral, R.
74384
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
SAMF0002814 Escambia 19 Jun 2010 Davenport, L. J.
4371
SAMF
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00067237 Butler 21 Jun 2007 Alvin R. Diamond
17728
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC003878 Covington 3 JUN 1965 WATERS, ROBERT E.
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UWAL0033084 Escambia 02 Jun 2016 Diamond, Alvin R.
27450
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132470 Mobile 1 Jun 1998 D. D. Spaulding
10289
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC051877 Butler 13 AUG 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6268
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UWAL0044087 Baldwin 15 Jun 1993 Walker, M.M.
93
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132472 Russell 27 Jun 1978 R. Kral
62198
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
JSU132468 Houston 23 Jun 1996 John R. MacDonald
9653
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
TROY000042702 Houston 30 Jul 2015 Alvin R. Diamond
26651
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
SAMF0002815 Covington 19 Jun 2010 Davenport, L. J.
4365
SAMF
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC011689 Baldwin 22 JUL 1967 TEEM, DAVID H.
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
TROY000007039 Choctaw 03 Jul 1980 Robert Kral
65928
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
UNA00019985 Mobile 30 May 1964 Rebecca Deramus
D108-2
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC018088 Geneva 25 JUL 1968 KRAL, ROBERT
32008
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UWAL0037670 Clarke 24 Sep 2014 Webb, Wayne K.
s.n.
UWAL
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
JSU132465 Baldwin 22 Aug 1968 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC052679 Butler 23 JUL 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6037
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
AUA_ACC072534 Baldwin 18 JUN 2008 BARGER, T. WAYNE
PERD-438
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00019978 Mobile 28 Aug 1951 B. C. Williams
s.n.
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC017356 Conecuh 5 JUL 1969 WEAVER, JIMMY
66
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
AUA_ACC069626 Covington 20 JUN 2008 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
3313
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00019983 Houston 12 Jul 1978 L. J. Davenport
544
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
JSU132466 Baldwin 10 Aug 1993 D. D. Spaulding
4280
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
TROY000007042 Crenshaw 13 Aug 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15640
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC050754 Escambia 16 JUN 1990 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6974
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00019980 Lee 21 Jun 1980 Robert R. Haynes
7849
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
JSU132340 Baldwin 17 May 1974 Kenneth E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Rhexia alifanus Walter
AUA_ACC046289 Crenshaw 31 JUL 1987 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
3444
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
AUA_ACC013977 Baldwin 5 AUG 1966 SCHMITTON, H. R.
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00019809 Mobile s.d. Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
AUA_ACC042296 Covington 6 AUG 1972 NELSON, JOHN
157
AUA
RHEXIA ALIFANUS WALTER
UNA00058866 Geneva 10 Sep 2000 R. Kral
90281
UNA
Rhexia alifanus Walt.
TROY000007041 Crenshaw 06 Aug 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15631
TROY
Rhexia alifanus Walter
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