Common Pyxie-moss (Pyxidanthera barbulata)

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Common Pyxie-moss (Pyxidanthera barbulata)

A uncommon minute creeping subshrub of hydric (moist) to mesic areas in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Though the moss-like evergreen leaves are about 5-10 mm long, this is the larger of our two species of pyxie-moss. The other species, Pyxidanthera brevifolia, with a very restricted range in xeric habitats in the Sandhills, has hairier, succulent leaves about half as long.

Pender Co., NC 4/23/06.

Common Pyxie-moss (Pyxidanthera barbulata)

Kartesz (USDA PLANTS) uses the name "flowering pixiemoss" for this species, which isn't the best name since it could just as easily apply to Pyxidanthera brevifolia.

Pender Co., NC 4/23/06.

More information:
Center for Plant Conservation
USDA PLANTS database

Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina

cwcook@duke.edu

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