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Plant Details

Pyxidanthera barbulata

Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie

Scientific Name:

Pyxidanthera barbulata

Common Name:

Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie

Plant Family

Diapensiaceae (Pincushion-Plant Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white

Bloom Time:

March to April

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Pine savannas, pine flatwoods, pocosin margins, edges of sandhill seepage bogs, primarily in mesic to hydric sites, in wet sands and peaty sands, occasionally extending to submesic sands, but generally with a permanently or seasonally high water table, often with Sphagnum.

In bloom

Common Pyxie-moss is a tiny evergreen subshrub which, when not in bloom, looks like moss. The Pyxidanthera genus is found only in the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

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Close-up of flowers

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Paul Somers, Boiling Spring Lakes, March 2012

Developing fruit

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David Paynter, Pender Co, May 12, 2013

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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