Stems. - Prostrate and creeping, branching. Leaves. - Narrowly lance-shaped, awl-pointed. Flowers. - White or pink, small, numerous. Calyx. - Of five sepals. Corolla. - Five-lobed. Stamens. - Five. Pistil. - One, with a three-lobed stigma.
In early spring we may look for the white flowers of this moss-like plant in the sandy pine-woods of New Jersey and southward. At Lakewood they appear even before those of the trailing arbutus which grows in the same localities. The generic name is from two Greek words which signify a small box and anther, and refers to the anthers, which open as if by a lid.