Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2558

Subshrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare, endemic to 6 counties of the NC-SC Sandhills

Look for it 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, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals united only at base
5-lobed rotate corolla
5 stamens (no staminodes)

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Pyxidanthera brevifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pyxidanthera brevifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 146-02-001b:
Pyxidanthera barbulata var. brevifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pyxidanthera brevifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Sandhills Pyxie-moss, Wells' Pyxie-moss, Little Pyxie


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image of Pyxidanthera brevifolia

Will Stuart    wil_13342661993

March    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Pyxidanthera brevifolia

Will Stuart    wil_13342661993b

March    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Flowers sessile, ~ 1/4" wide; stamens conspicuous, arising between petals, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Pyxidanthera brevifolia

Will Stuart    wil_13342661993c

March    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

The Greek "pixie" means "small box" and "anthera" means "anther", per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Pyxidanthera brevifolia

Will Stuart    wil4458293023_7044183182

March    Moore County    NC

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Pyxie-moss on left; Trailing Arbutus on the right.