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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cryptantha cinerea - James' cryptantha

Synonyms: Cryptantha jamesii, Krynitzkia jamesii, Oreocarya suffruticosa
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Boraginaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Cryptantha spp.
General Desc: Densely branches from the base and usually also above. Has overall rounded shape.
Identification notes: Silvery wooly appearance, due to hairs. With maturation, the flowers produce smooth nutlets that are shiny and compressed.
Height: 8 inches


Habitat Description: Appears on dry hills and banks.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5000 - 7500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Sep
Description: Flower has 5 parts. The outer whorl of the flower (calyx) is up to 1/4 inch long. Tube about 1/8 inch long.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Whitish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate and opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Whitish-green color due to hairs. Leaf blades 1 to 4 inches long. Lower leaves are opposite while others are alternate.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Light brown   
Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: Has 2 to 4 nutlets per flower. Nutlet less than 1/8 inch in size.

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