Pyxie Moss

By William T. Hathaway

Pyxie Moss (Pyxidanthera barbulata)

An early springtime drive through the Croatan Forest of Eastern North Carolina had little to offer in the variety of flowering species; an exception to this disappointment was the sighting of a prostrate patch of the creeping sub-shrub called pixie moss. I made this photo in early March of 1969.

The majestic pine barrens harbored this little beauty well within sight of several roadside stretches.