Family, Melastoma. Color, deep rose or magenta. Calyx-tube long and narrow, 4 - divided, purplish, covered on the outside with glandular-tipped hairs. Petals, 4, with the 8 stamens joined to the rim of the calyx-tube. Anthers large, prominent, curved, of a bright-yellow color. They open by a small hole at the top for the exit of the pollen grains, and where they are fastened to the filaments they bear a tiny spur. Style and stigma, 1. Leaves, opposite, sessile, lance-shaped, pointed, bristly around the edges, and to a lesser extent upon the surfaces. July to September.
Meadow Beauty. Deergrass. (Rhexia virginica)
As the petals take slight hold and drop soon after flower-ing, and almost as soon as plucked, the flower then appears, from its large stamens, to be yellow. The stem is square, with distinct angles. Flowers, single or several, in loose cymose clusters. A pretty species, growing in wet sand or marshy borders of streams, from 4 to 10 inches high. I have seen them in beds showing their pink color in masses for quite a distance. In sandy swamps from Maine to Florida. (See illustration, p. 272.)
R. mariana. - This species has paler petals and narrower leaves. The stem is round, very softly hairy. 1 to 2 feet high. Leaves, 3-nerved, bristly around the edges, generally sessile. June to September.
In pine barrens of New Jersey, and swamps as far south as Florida and westward.