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Pyxidanthera brevifolia

Little Pyxie, Sandhills Pyxie-moss, Well's Pyxie-moss

Scientific Name:

Pyxidanthera brevifolia

Genus:

Pyxidanthera

Species Epithet:

brevifolia

Common Name:

Little Pyxie, Sandhills Pyxie-moss, Well's Pyxie-moss

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Diapensiaceae (Diapensia Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Deep, sandy soil such as sand hills and sandy ridge tops, sometimes in open pine-oak woodlands, at elevations of 50–200 m (160–660 ft). Weakley (2015): On xeric sandhills, generally over deep sand or sand-clay mixtures near the summits or on the upper slopes of sandhills, restricted to the Sandhills region. This species is endemic to a six-county area of the Sandhills of NC and SC. In NC, it is nearly limited to Fort Bragg, and is puzzlingly absent from seemingly suitable habitat on the Sandhills Game Land to the west. Rare in NC Coastal Plain/Sandhills.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

SR-L: Significantly Rare: Limited (*Key)

Federal Status:

FSC - Federal Special Concern (*Key)

Pixie moss Patch

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Tom Harville
Late Feb

Starting to Bloom

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Tom Harville

Blooms closer up

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Tom Harville

Full Bloom

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Mark Rose

Blooms Close Up

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Mark Rose

Seed Pods

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Mark Rose

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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