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Pyxidanthera barbulata

Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie

Scientific Name:

Pyxidanthera barbulata

Genus:

Pyxidanthera

Species Epithet:

barbulata

Common Name:

Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Diapensiaceae (Diapensia Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

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 the Sandhills, where its range overlaps P. brevifolia, P. barbulata is limited to seepage areas or pocosin ecotones, while P. brevifolia occurs in xeric situations far upslope (Weakley 2015).

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

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

image

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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