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Cryptantha intermedia  (A. Gray) Greene
Clearwater cryptantha,   Common cryptantha
Cryptantha intermedia 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: Coastal Sage Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Northern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSCryptantha fragilis
PLANTSCryptantha grandiflora
PLANTSCryptantha intermedia var. grandiflora
ICPNCryptantha trifurca
Information about  Cryptantha intermedia from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (CRIN8)

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[Wikipedia] Habitat, Description: Cryptantha intermedia is a species of wildflower in the borage family known by several common names, including common cryptantha, Clearwater cryptantha, and nievitas. This plant is native to the woodlands and forests of western North America from British Columbia to Baja California. It is often a member of the chaparral plant community. Description Cryptantha intermedia is an annual plant with a rough, hairy, branching stem reaching a maximum of half a meter in height. It grows from a mostly basal clump of hairy leaves one to several centimeters long. The erect stems are topped with one or more small flowers, each about a centimeter wide and bright white, sometimes with yellow coloration in the throat. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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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: 05/30/2024).