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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha cinerea (Greene) Cronquist var. abortiva (Greene) Cronquist
Habit: Perennial herb 3--20 cm; caudex woody, branched. Stem: prostrate to decumbent (ascending), +- many, leafy, branches from base; +- strigose. Leaf: basal rosettes generally few; 1.5--9 cm; cauline +- > basal, linear to linear-oblanceolate, abaxially with bulbous-based bristles, adaxially +- strigose. Inflorescence: generally cylindric, +- not elongated in fruit; bracts leaf-like; pedicels short-elongated in fruit, 1.5--4.5 mm. Flower: calyx 2--4 mm, 4--7 mm in fruit, appressed-soft-white-hairy, bristles few; corolla deciduous, aging off-white to tan, tube 2--4 mm, limb 5--8 mm diam, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlets generally 4, 1.8--2.3 mm, +- ovate, +- gray, shiny, margins sharp-angled, strongly bowed in profile; abaxially smooth, ridge 0; adaxially smooth, attachment scar edges +- overlapped, not raised.
Ecology: Locally common. Gravelly soils; Elevation: 1980--3560 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnBr, SNE, DMtns; Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Cryptantha jamesii (Torr.) Payson var. abortiva (Greene) Payson
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Cryptantha celosioides
Next taxon: Cryptantha circumscissa
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2016. Cryptantha cinerea var. abortiva, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=57108, accessed on May 25, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 25, 2016.