Meadow Beauty Rhexia sp.

Rhexia sp. is one of the common pioneer species that constantly has to be cut back in order to maintain pastures here in the mountains of Western Panama. Cattle farmers don’t like it. It dulls many a machete. A related species in the US is Meadow Beauty.

Notice the small sword like leaves with parallel veins. Melastomataceae family.

2 years ago we stopped clearing over 100 acres of pastures here at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest and let this area go feral and start the natural selection process of reforestation.
As the rainy season comes to an end the species of Rhexia here has come into full bloom and the hillsides are stunning.

Scintillant Humminbirds feed on the lovely flowers that will be with us here for a few years in such abundance until tree seedlings shade them out.

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