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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha microstachys (Greene ex A. Gray) Greene.
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
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Cryptantha micromeres
Next taxon: Cryptantha milobakeri
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2017. Cryptantha microstachys, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21264, accessed on February 27, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 27, 2017.