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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha holoptera (A. Gray) J.F. Macbr.
Habit: Annual (short-lived perennial herb), 10--60+ cm, erect, with central axis, coarse, occasionally woody at base. Stem: generally 1, branches throughout; strigose and rough-bristly, bristles spreading to ascending, some bulbous-based. Leaf: 3--6 cm; basal, lower cauline generally few, elliptic to lanceolate, short-petioled, long-lived; upper sessile; short-rough-bulbous-based-bristly, bristles sparse abaxially. Inflorescence: raceme-like, in (1s) 2s, flowers +- few, not 2-rowed; bracts 0, occasionally 1--2 near base; pedicel +- elongated in fruit, 1--1.5 mm, generally erect to ascending. Flower: calyx 1.5--2 mm, 2.5--3.5 mm in fruit, persistent, lobes dense-bristly to rough-hairy, hairs spreading, midvein thickened; corolla deciduous, limb 2--3 mm diam, flat, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlets 4, (1.5)1.8--2.5 mm, ovate to triangular, dark with pale tubercles, +- dull, margin a +- flat narrow to wide non-papery wing; abaxially low-rounded, ridge 0; adaxially biconvex, attachment scar edges raised, abutted near tip, wide-triangular-flare-gapped at base; axis beyond nutlets.
Ecology: Gravelly to rocky soils, washes, slopes, ridges; Elevation: 50--1220 m. Bioregional Distribution: e DMoj, DSon; Distribution Outside California: western Nevada, western Arizona, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Jan--May
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Cryptantha hoffmannii
Next taxon: Cryptantha hooveri
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2017. Cryptantha holoptera, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21239, accessed on January 24, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 24, 2017.