Cryptantha species

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Scientific Name Cryptantha ambigua USDA PLANTS Symbol
CRAM3
Common Name Basin Cryptantha ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
31783
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane. Dry, sandy or gravelly areas in sagebrush scrub, open woodlands.
Plant: Very hairy annual, multiple stems 4 to 14 inches tall, usually erect.
Leaves: Alternate stem leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, very bristly to hairy.
Inflorescence: Clusters of developing egg-shaped fruits (nutlets) topped with small white flowers; blossoms are five-lobed, about 1/8-inch across.
References: Descr. adapted from Wikipedia and Jepson eFlora, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Cryptantha fendleri USDA PLANTS Symbol
CRFE3
Common Name Sanddune Cryptantha, Fendler's Cryptantha ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
31807
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane. 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 usuall one or two very small white flowers at the tip; blossoms are five-lobed, less than 1/10-inch across.
References: Descr. adapted from "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Jepson eFlora.
Colorado Status
Native

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