Sunday, March 10, 2019

Cryptantha microstachys (Tejon Cryptantha)

3/24/17 Dripping Springs Campground, Agua Tibia,
Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Tejon Cryptantha

SPECIES: Cryptantha microstachys

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


LOCATION: Dripping Springs Campground, Agua Tibia Wilderness, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Annual 10--50 cm. 

Stem: +- red-brown, branches 0--many, above middle; strigose and spreading- to ascending-rough-hairy to bristly. 

Leaf: basal rosette generally well developed; 0.5--5(6) cm, linear to oblong, generally spreading-hairy (strigose), lower midvein, margin +- sparse-spreading-bristly. 

Inflorescence: in 1s to 3s; bracts 0; pedicel 0. 

Flower: calyx < 1 mm, (1)1.5--2 mm in fruit, constricted above, late-deciduous, lobes +- linear, tips erect to +- spreading, rough-hairy, hairs spreading to ascending, midvein +- thickened, with coarse spreading bristles; corolla late-deciduous, limb 0.5--1.5(2.5) mm diam, appendages minute, +- white. Fruit: nutlets 1(2), 1.3--1.6 mm, lanceolate, smooth, shiny, margin rounded, +- plump, base +- rounded, tip beaked; abaxially rounded, ridge 0; adaxially low-rounded, attachment scar edges abutted entire length or short-forked-gapped at base; axis not to nutlet tips. 

Ecology: Open sites, chaparral, woodland, burns; 

Elevation: 50--1950 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: NCoRI, s SN, Teh, SnFrB, SCoR, SW (exc ChI); 

Distribution Outside California: Baja California. 

Flowering Time: Apr--Jun 

Jepson eFlora Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman

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