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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha virginensis (M.E. Jones) Payson
Habit: Biennial to short-lived perennial herb, 10--40+ cm; caudex not woody, unbranched. Stem: 1--many, central > lateral; tomentose and with dense, spreading, +- yellow bristles. Leaf: basal rosette generally 1; 5--12 cm, oblanceolate to spoon-shaped, +- folded, thick, gray-green, dense-strigose to silky-tomentose, bristles bulbous-based, sparse, +- spreading abaxially, appressed adaxially. Inflorescence: dense, generally cylindric, wider in fruit; pedicel to 2--5 mm in fruit. Flower: scented; calyx 3--4 mm, 7--11 mm in fruit, dense-spreading-yellow-bristly; corolla deciduous, tube 3--4 mm, limb 7--10 mm diam, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlets generally 1--2, 3.3--4.5 mm, wide-ovate, occasionally constricted above, +- tubercled, irregularly wrinkled, gray to tan, +- shiny, margin a +- flat narrow rim to sharp-angled; abaxially rough, ridge sharp-angled; adaxial attachment scar edges wide-triangular-gapped, edges +- raised; axis beyond nutlet(s).
Ecology: Loose, limestone soils; Elevation: 840--2450 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNE, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to northwestern Arizona, southwestern Utah. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Cryptantha utahensis
Next taxon: Cryptantha watsonii
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2016. Cryptantha virginensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21320, accessed on August 28, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on August 28, 2016.