Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cryptantha angustifolia (Narrow-leaved Cryptantha)

 4/3/11 Shavers Valley, Riverside County, CA

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, 
E. Riverside County, CA

3/21/98 Yaqui Well Nature Trail, Anza Borrego Desert State Park,
San Diego County, CA


COMMON NAME: Narrow-leaved Cryptantha

SPECIES: Cryptantha angustifolia

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


LOCATION: Yaqui Well Nature Trail, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CA

NOTES: El Nino Year


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Annual 5–60 cm

Stem simple to branched throughout, strigose and rough-hairy to bristly; hairs spreading

Leaf 1–4 cm, linear to oblong; bristles spreading

Inflorescence dense to open below in fruit

Flower: sepals 1–2 mm, 2.5–4 mm and ± linear in fruit, densely spreading-bristly; corolla unscented, 1–3(4) mm wide

Fruit: nutlets 4 (1 slightly > other 3), ± 1 mm, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, back brown, white-granular, dull, groove ± open throughout to flared open at base

Ecology: Sandy to rocky soils, creosote-bush scrub, desert woodland

Elevation: < 1400 m.  

Bioregional distribution: East of Sierra Nevada, Desert 

Distribution outside California: to Texas, n Mexico

Flowering time: Mar–May

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