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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