[swbiodiversity.org] Description, Ecology, Etymology: Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Small, herbaceous annual, 10 to 40 cm covered with stiff, stinging, white hairs, simple to branching, often growing in small bunches. Leaves: Cauline, simple, entire, linear to lanceolate, covered with stiff, white, stinging hairs, bristles appressed to spreading, basal leaves whorled, opposite near the base, becoming alternate as one moves up the stem. Flowers: Tiny, borne in cymes, dense to open when fruiting, appearing white, more so due to the stiff hairs covering the inflorescence, sepals free, tube 1 to 13 mm, ovary 4 lobed. Fruits: Fruit 1 to 2 lanceolate nutlets, generally smooth, white granular. Ecology: Found in dry, sandy, open areas in grasslands and scrublands, to 5,000 ft (1524 m); flowering March to May. Distribution: AZ, CA, s NV Synonyms: None Editor: LCrumbacher, 2011 Etymology: Cryptantha comes from the Greek krypto, "hidden," and anthos, "flower," a reference to the first described species in the genus which has inconspicuous flowers that self-fertilize without opening; decipiens means deceptive, in some sense not what it appears to be. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)
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