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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha humilis (A. Gray) Payson
Habit: Perennial herb 5--30 cm, cespitose; caudex woody, branched. Stem: many, erect, green; +- strigose and sparse-spreading-bristly. Leaf: rosettes generally many; 1.5--6 cm; basal spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, +- thin, green to gray-green, strigose to +- tomentose and appressed-bulbous-based-bristly. Inflorescence: cylindric, dense, +- narrow, not or short-elongated in fruit; pedicel 3--12 mm in fruit. Flower: calyx 3--4.5 mm, 7--11(13) mm in fruit, +- green, conspicuously spreading-soft-bristly; corolla late-deciduous, cream aging brown, tube 3--5 mm, limb 7--10 mm diam, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlets 2--4, 3--4 mm, ovate, +- uniformly grainy, tubercled, fine-wrinkled, dull, margin a +- flat narrow rim; abaxial ridge low, +- rounded; adaxial attachment scar edges abutted near tip, +- wide-gapped lower 1/2, edges not raised; axis beyond nutlets.
Ecology: Common. Gravelly soils, sagebrush to subalpine; Elevation: 1700--3600 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNH (rare s), GB, n DMtns; Distribution Outside California: to Oregon, Idaho, western Colorado. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Cryptantha alpicola Cronquist; Oreocarya alpicola (Cronquist) D.W. Taylor
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
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Previous taxon: Cryptantha hooveri
Next taxon: Cryptantha inaequata
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2017. Cryptantha humilis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21241, accessed on February 22, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 22, 2017.