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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha excavata Brandegee
Habit: Annual 5--30 cm. Stem: branches 0--few, throughout; strigose to appressed-soft-hairy and occasionally spreading-rough-hairy. Leaf: 0.6--3 cm, oblong to narrow-spoon-shaped, upper much reduced; rough-hairy to bristly, hairs appressed to spreading, abaxial bristles bulbous-based. Inflorescence: in 2s or 3s; bracts 0; pedicel +- 0. Flower: calyx 1--1.5 mm, 2--2.5 mm in fruit, +- not constricted above, +- erect, deciduous, lobes lanceolate, dense-soft-hairy, midvein +- not thickened, occasionally sparse-bristly; corolla limb 3--5(6) mm diam, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlet generally 1(2 or 3), 2--2.4 mm, horizontal, +- perpendicular to lobe axis, (if nutlets 2 or 3 then erect), lance-ovate, sparse-low-tubercled to grainy, dull, margin rounded, base +- rounded, tip tapered, generally exserted; abaxially low biconvex, spine keel-like; adaxially flat, tip +- incurved, attachment scar edges +- inrolled, +- abutted near tip, gapped below middle, expanded into large, wide, deep-concave triangular gap; axis not to nutlet tips.
Ecology: Steep, sandy, gravelly slopes, soils, dry streambanks, foothill woodland; Elevation: 100--600 m. Bioregional Distribution: s NCoRI. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Unabridged Note: Collected in 2008 by R.B. Kelley; most recent before that 1968 by R.F. Hoover.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
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Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Cryptantha echinella
Next taxon: Cryptantha fendleri
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2017. Cryptantha excavata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=21225, accessed on April 29, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on April 29, 2017.