|Scientific Name||Cryptantha fendleri||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CRFE3|
|Common Name||Sanddune Cryptantha, Sanddune Catseye, Fendler's Cryptantha||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31807|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4900 to 9000 ft.); dry, sandy soils in open areas; sagebrush scrub.
Plant: Very hairy annual, 4 to 20 inches tall, single stem with multiple branches, densely hairy.
Leaves: Alternate stem leaves narrowly oblanceolate, 3/4 to 2 inches long, very bristly to hairy.
Inflorescence: Linear array of developing egg-shaped fruits (nutlets) with usually one or two very small white flowers at the tip; blossoms are five-lobed, less than 1/10-inch across.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Jepson eFlora.
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