Plant ID forum: Meadow beauty (Rhexia virginica)

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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Aug 16, 2015 4:50 PM CST
A trip to a lake today, a man-made lake but it's been there for decades. It's a managed property, there is a bit of woods, reeds at water's edge, but also mown grass not far from the shore. A few wildflowers there, so here is the second I'd like to identify:



This was down right close to the water, in the reeds there. The flower is maybe the size of a nickel in diameter measured (guessed) from outer petal tips.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 16, 2015 5:07 PM CST
Meadow Beauty not sure what species.
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Aug 16, 2015 5:13 PM CST
That does look right: Rhexia virginica: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/wetland/plants/meadow_be...

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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 16, 2015 5:26 PM CST
There is also Rhexia mariana that grows in VA. Read that description of the differences at the bottom of the page to be sure of the ID.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 16, 2015 5:48 PM CST
Definitely Rhexia, both R. virginica and R. mariana are found in the state of Va.

R. virginica:
http://www.vaplantatlas.org/index.php?do=plant&plant=650&sea...
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/EndangeredResources/Plants.asp?mode=...
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RHVI

R. mariana:
http://www.vaplantatlas.org/index.php?do=plant&plant=3377
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RHMA

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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Aug 16, 2015 5:53 PM CST
R. mariana has two-inch flowers of a lighter color, it says -- these flowers were not that pale, and smaller than two inches -- I say "these" but there was only one flower. But I'm still pretty sure it's virginica.

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