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Cryptantha microstachys  (A. Gray) Greene
Popcorn flower,   Tejon cryptantha
Cryptantha microstachys is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
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Genus: Cryptantha
Family: Boraginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Foothill Woodland, Chaparral
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

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

USDA PLANTS Profile (CRMI3)

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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description: Cryptantha microstachys is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name Tejon cryptantha. It is native to California and Baja California, where it grows in several types of habitat, including chaparral in the coastal and inland hills and mountains. It is an annual herb producing a branching or unbranched stem 10 to 50 centimeters tall which is coated in hairs and bristles. The hairy leaves are linear to oblong in shape and up to 4 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a length of bristly developing fruits tipped with open flowers with five-lobed white corollas just a few millimeters wide. (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: 04/13/2024).