Pale Meadow Beauty

Pale Meadow Beauty Wildflowers

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

TGO Nature Center, Nature, Education Series, Flowers, Pale Meadow Beauty

Pale Meadow Beauty

 

The pale meadow beauty wildflowers are also called Maryland meadow beauty.  The photos of these small beautiful flowers were taken behind Doe Lake close to the golf course’s 8th tee box.   Click on the photos to view a larger image.

Florida has approximately a dozen native meadow beauty species.    The pale meadow beauty plant is a perennial herb that can spread into large colonies.  The plant grows up to about three feet tall.

The pale meadow beauty flowers bloom at the top of the plant in small clusters.  The flowers are approximately one and half inches across and their colors can range from pale purple to almost white.  The flowers have four lopsided petals which have a tendency to easily fall off especially in the afternoon.  The flower stems are square and hairy.  The oppositely arranged leaves are elliptical, toothed and are also hairy.

The pale meadow beauty flower has eight stamens in the center of the flower with yellow to orange elongated anthers which curve downwards.  An anther is the part of the stamen that produces pollen.  (Click here to see a diagram and description of flower parts). See the close-up photo at the bottom of the page for a good look at these unusual anthers.  The seeds are tiny and tan to brownish color.  The seeds reside in a red urn-shaped capsule.

The pale meadow beauty flowers bloom from April to October giving us a long window of opportunity to enjoy these little beauties.   I’m sure they can probably be found in other areas of TGO other than around Doe Lake so keep an eye out for this little wildflower.

 

TGO Nature Center, Nature, Education Series, Flowers, Pale Meadow Beauty

Pale Meadow Beauty

 

A colony of pale meadow beauty wildflowers.

 

TGO Nature Center, Nature, Education Series, Flowers, Pale Meadow Beauty

Pale Meadow Beauty

 

These are beautiful little wildflowers.

 

TGO Nature Center, Nature, Education Series, Flowers, Pale Meadow Beauty

Pale Meadow Beauty

 

This close-up photo shows the detail of the stamens and anthers.

 

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