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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha similis K. Mathew & P.H. Raven
Habit: Annual, ascending to spreading, 3--12 cm diam, cushion-like; root, plant base generally red-purple. Stem: 0.5--10 cm, branches few--many, throughout, slender; coarse-strigose, hairs generally ascending. Leaf: +- crowded at ends of branches; 0.3--1 cm, linear to oblanceolate, margin rolled-under, rough-hairy, hairs +- ascending to appressed. Inflorescence: in 1s to 3s, in axils or branch forks, 1--5-flowered, dense in fruit; bracts throughout; pedicel < 0.5 mm, erect. Flower: calyx 1.5--2 mm, 2.5--3 mm in fruit, circumscissile below middle in fruit, +- remaining green, lower tube persistent, scarious in age, cup-like in fruit, hairs +- like leaves; corolla limb 3.5--6 mm diam, appendages prominent, yellow. Fruit: nutlets (2)3--4, 1.2--1.5 mm, triangular-ovate, brown, fine-grainy, shiny, margin sharp-angled, base truncate, tip not beaked; abaxially low-rounded, ridge 0; adaxially rounded, attachment scar edges +- abutted, forked at base; axis generally to nutlet tips. Chromosomes: 2n=12.
Ecology: Gravelly to coarse sandy soils, Joshua-tree woodland, occasionally pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 700--1870 m. Bioregional Distribution: n SnGb, nw SnBr, se PR, s DMoj. Flowering Time: Mar--May
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Cryptantha scoparia
Next taxon: Cryptantha simulans
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2016. Cryptantha similis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21298, accessed on October 28, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on October 28, 2016.