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Pachysandra (Pachysandra)


Pachysandra is a genus of five species of evergreen perennials or subshrubs, belonging to the boxwood family Buxaceae. The species are native to eastern Asia and southeast North America, some reaching a height of 20-45 cm (7.9-17.7 in), with only weakly woody stems. The leaves are alternate, leathery, with an entire to coarsely toothed margin, and are typically 5-10 cm (2.0-3.9 in) long. The small uni-sexual blooms are greenish-white and produced in late spring or early summer. The name is derived from the Greek words pachys ("thick") and andros ("male") which is a reference to the thick stamens (the male portion of the flower).

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Magnoliophyta

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Euphorbiales

            • Family: Buxaceae

              • Genus: Pachysandra