Pyxidanthera barbulata Michx.
Flowering Pixiemoss, Pyxie
Diapensiaceae (Diapensia Family)
USDA Symbol: PYBA
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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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: 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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pyxidanthera barbulata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pyxidanthera barbulata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pyxidanthera barbulata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff