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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha sparsiflora (Greene) Greene
Habit: Annual 10--30 cm, slender. Stem: 1, branches few; sparse-strigose. Leaf: lower occasionally opposite; 1--3 cm, narrow-oblong to -oblanceolate, strigose. Inflorescence: in 1s or 2s, few-flowered, dense; bracts 0, occasionally 1--2 near base; pedicel not elongated in fruit, < 0.5 mm, spreading to ascending. Flower: calyx 1.5--2 mm, 2--3 mm in fruit, deciduous, lobes ovate to oblong, margins sparse-ciliate, midvein +- thickened, with short, ascending curved, +- hook-tipped bristles; corolla limb 0.5--1(1.5) mm diam, appendages minute, +- white. Fruit: nutlet 1, +- 2 mm, ovate, +- smooth, +- shiny, margin sharp-angled, base +- truncate, tip +- beaked; abaxially low-rounded, ridge 0; adaxially +- flat, attachment scar edges abutted, wide-forked at base; axis not to nutlet tip.
Ecology: Open, dry, rocky sites, sparse grassland, chaparral, foothill woodland; Elevation: 300--1300 m. Bioregional Distribution: c&s SNF, Teh, e SnFrB, SCoR. Flowering Time: Apr--May
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
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Previous taxon: Cryptantha simulans
Next taxon: Cryptantha spithamaea
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2016. Cryptantha sparsiflora, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21304, accessed on December 09, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 09, 2016.