Pyxidanthera barbulata Michaux var. brevifolia (B.W. Wells) H.E. Ahles. Sandhill Pyxiemoss, Wells's Pyxiemoss, Little Pyxie. Phen: Dec-Mar; Feb-May. Hab: On xeric sandhills, generally over deep sand or sand-clay mixtures near the summits or on the upper slopes of sandhills, restricted to the Fall-line Sandhills region. Dist: This species is endemic to a six-county area of the Fall-line Sandhills of NC and SC. In NC, it is nearly limited to Fort Bragg, and is puzzlingly absent from seemingly suitable habitat on the Sandhills Game Land to the west.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Syn: = RAB; = Pyxidanthera brevifolia – FNA8, K1, K3, K4, S; < Pyxidanthera barbulata – Primack & Wyatt (1975), Scott & Day (1983)