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Family MELASTOMATACEAE

Rhexia virginica L.

(Virginia meadow beauty)

This distinctive and showy element of the Atlantic coastal plain flora has been known to occur in Muskoka for at least a century. Grows in sand, peat, muck, and rock crevices (Soper 1956) on open, usually wet, undisturbed shores of lakes and rivers on the Canadian Shield, especially on bodies of water and watercourses with a naturally fluctuating water regime and gently sloping shorelines. Often occurs with other coastal plain species such as Rhynchospora capitellata, Twig-rush (Cladium mariscoides), Yellow-eyed-grass (Xyris difformis), Marsh St. John's-wort (Triadenum virginicum), Ridged Yellow Flax (Linum striatum), Dichanthelium spretum, Panicum rigidulum var. rigidulum, Golden Hedge Hyssop (Gratiola aurea), and horned bladderwort (Utricularia cornuta). Blooms from late July to early September. Rare in Canada and Ontario (Sharp & Keddy 1983).

There are more known locations for this species in Muskoka than in any other district or county in Ontario. Despite the fact that it is locally common where suitable habitat exists, Virginia Meadow-beauty is vulnerable in Muskoka due to the threats of shoreline development, shoreline alteration, shoreline recreation, power boats, and waterline stabilization (Keddy & Sharp 1989).

( TRT, DAO, HAM, TRTE, UWO, QK, WAT CAN, MJS, MJO, PAK, DFB )

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Muskoka Flora - Index : Dicot Group : Melastomataceae : Rhexia virginica

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