Paxistima canbyi

A. Gray

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 8: 623. 1873. (as Pachystima)

Common names: Canby’s mountain-lover rat-stripper cliff green
IllustratedEndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 130.
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Shrubs 1–4 dm. Stems diffuse, creeping. Leaves: petiole absent; blade usually linear to narrowly elliptic, rarely oblanceolate, 5–20 × 2–4 mm, base obtuse, margins serrulate, apex obtuse. Inflorescences 1–5-flowered. Flowers: sepals obtuse-deltate, 0.8–1 mm; petals obovate, 1.5 mm; filaments shorter than anthers. Capsules ellipsoid, 3–4 × 1.5–2 mm. Seeds black, ellipsoid; aril yellow or white.

Phenology: Flowering spring; fruiting summer.
Habitat: Limestone cliffs, shaded banks, dry gravelly soils.
Elevation: 0–600 m.


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Ky., Md., N.C., Ohio, Pa., Tenn., Va., W.Va.


There are only about 50 to 60 extant populations of Paxistima canbyi.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Jinshuang Ma +
A. Gray +
Canby’s mountain-lover +, rat-stripper +  and cliff green +
Ky. +, Md. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, Tenn. +, Va. +  and W.Va. +
0–600 m. +
Limestone cliffs, shaded banks, dry gravelly soils. +
Flowering spring +  and fruiting summer. +
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts +
Illustrated +, Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
Paxistima canbyi +
Paxistima +
species +