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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cryptantha||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cryptantha spithamaea I.M. Johnst.
Habit: Annual 8--20 cm. Stem: branches +- ascending; dense-appressed-soft-hairy. Leaf: occasionally opposite below inflorescence; 0.8--2.5 cm, linear to oblong, bristles ascending to spreading, occasionally bulbous-based. Inflorescence: in 1s or 2s; bracts generally 0, occasionally at base; pedicel < 0.5 mm, ascending. Flower: calyx 1.5--2.5 mm, 3.5--4.5 mm in fruit, late-deciduous, lobes linear, tips +- spreading, soft-hairy, with hooked or curved bristles only at tip, midvein not thickened; corolla late-deciduous, limb 3--6 mm diam, appendages yellow. Fruit: nutlet 1(2), 1.6--2 mm, lanceolate, smooth, shiny, margin rounded, base truncate, tip +- beaked; abaxially rounded, ridge 0; adaxially +- flat, attachment scar edges abutted to occasionally overlapped near tip, +- gapped lower 1/3, triangular-gapped at base; axis not to nutlet tip(s).
Ecology: Open, semi-barren sites, serpentine gravelly slopes, creekbeds, chaparral, foothill woodland; Elevation: 270--760 m. Bioregional Distribution: n&c SNF. Flowering Time: Apr--May
Synonyms: Cryptantha rostellata var. spithamaea (I.M. Johnst.) Jeps.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Cryptantha sparsiflora
Next taxon: Cryptantha subretusa
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman 2017. Cryptantha spithamaea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=77924, accessed on April 24, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on April 24, 2017.