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Cryptantha decipiens  (M. E. Jones) A. Heller
Granel forget me not,   Gravel cryptantha,   Gravelbar cryptantha
Cryptantha decipiens is an annual herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Cryptantha
Family: Boraginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Foothill Woodland, Valley Grassland, Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Cryptantha decipiens from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[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)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).