Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3074

Subshrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Common in NC Coastal Plain, rare in SC

Look for it in pine savannas, pine flatwoods, pocosin margins, edges of sandhill seepage bogs, primarily in mesic to hydric sites, in wet sands and peaty sands, occasionally extending to submesic sands, but generally with a permanently or occasionally high water table, often with Sphagnum, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pyxidanthera barbulata   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

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

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pyba_001_lvd

        

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Will Stuart    wil_p_barbulata_667

February    Chesterfield County    SC

Sand Hills State Forest

The dime shows scale.

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Will Stuart    wil_p_barbulata_672

February    Chesterfield County    SC

Sand Hills State Forest

Leaves crowded, sessile (can be mistaken for moss!), per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

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Will Stuart    wil_p_barbulata_736

February    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Sepals usually pink, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

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Will Stuart    wil_p_barbulata_783

February    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

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Keith Bradley    kab_p_barbulata_5536

March    Marion County    SC

Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve

Flowers grow singly at the ends of short branches; obovate petals 4-5mm long, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

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Will Stuart    wil2348964139_14e9904871

March        SC