diapensia dīəpĕn´sēə [key], common name for the Diapensiaceae, a family of low evergreen shrubs native to cool and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The species that are restricted to the New World are found in the E United States. Galax is native to woods from Virginia to Georgia it has spikes of white blossoms (and is sometimes called wandflower), and its leaves are often used as greens by florists. The pyxie or flowering moss ( Pyxidanthera barbulata ), is a creeping plant of the pine barrens. The diapensia family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Diapensiales.

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