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Hudsonia ericoides is a species of flowering plant in the rock-rose family known by the common names pine barren goldenheather, false heather, and golden-heather. It is native to eastern North America, where its distribution extends down the east coast from Newfoundland to Delaware, with a disjunct population in South Carolina.
This plant is a shrub which grows low to the ground, forming a dense mat up to a meter wide. It has a taproot and a system of fibrous roots within the top few centimeters of soil. The branches are covered with small green needlelike leaves each just a few millimeters long and under half a millimeter wide.
This plant occurs mainly in coastal pine plant communities, such as pine barrens. It is common in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket in Massachusetts. It occurs on Long Island with pitch pines. The soils are dry and sandy. The plant grows easily on dunes and beaches. The climate is humid and windy. The plant does not tolerate shade.