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Pyxidanthera barbulata

Pyxidanthera barbulata Michx.

Flowering pixiemoss, Pyxie

Diapensiaceae (Pincushion-Plant Family)

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USDA Symbol: PYBA

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A moss-like, trailing plant with numerous unstalked, white or pinkish, upright flowers at ends of short leafy branches.

This species, especially showy when in flower, is typical of dry sandy areas such as the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The genus name, from the Greek pyxis (small box) and the Latin anthera (anther), refers to the fact that the anthers open by means of a lid-like structure. Shortleaf Pyxie (P. brevifolia) has leaves hairy over the entire surface; it grows in the Carolinas.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
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Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May

Distribution

USA: NC , NJ , NY , SC , VA
Native Distribution: New York and New Jersey; Virginia to South Carolina.
Native Habitat: Sandy pine barrens.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FACU FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pyxidanthera barbulata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pyxidanthera barbulata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pyxidanthera barbulata

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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