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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha racemosa (S. Watson ex A. Gray) Greene.
Habit: Perennial herb 20--100 cm, generally flowering 1st year, becoming rounded, shrubby, +- woody. Stem: branches many, throughout, spreading to ascending, those distal +- wiry; canescent and sparse-spreading-bristly. Leaf: 1.5--4(6) cm, narrow-oblanceolate to linear, bulbous-based-bristly. Inflorescence: raceme-like, generally in 1s, open, few-flowered; bracts minute; pedicel elongated in fruit, 1--4(6) mm, spreading. Flower: calyx 1--2 mm, 2--4 mm in fruit, +- persistent, lobes lance-linear, bristly in lower 1/2, bristles spreading to reflexed, midvein thickened; corolla persistent, limb 1--3 mm diam, flat, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlets 3--4 (1 > others), 0.8--2 mm, persistent, long-ovate, dark gray with pale tubercles, +- shiny, margin a +- flat rim, wider near tip; abaxially low-rounded, sparse-fine-tubercled to white-grainy, ridge 0; adaxially biconvex, sparse-tubercled, attachment scar edges not raised, +- abutted near tip, wide-triangular-gapped; axis beyond nutlets.
Ecology: Rocky slopes, crevices, washes, canyons, desert scrub; Elevation: < 1400(1670) m. Bioregional Distribution: n SnBr, e PR, n W&I, D; Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada, western Arizona, Baja California. Flowering Time: Feb--May
Synonyms: Johnstonella racemosa (S. Watson ex A. Gray) Brand
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
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Previous taxon: Cryptantha pterocarya var. purpusii
Next taxon: Cryptantha rattanii
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2016. Cryptantha racemosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21285, accessed on December 04, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 04, 2016.