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Cryptantha simulans  Greene
Pine cryptantha,   Pinewoods cryptantha
Cryptantha simulans 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

Habitat: slopes

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Cryptantha simulans from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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[oregonflora.org] Description, Habitat: Plants 5 to 45 cm, pale green. Stems slender, branches few from primary stem, usually strigose only, occasionally ascending hirsute. Leaves few, scattered, proximal-most persistent during flowering, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, 10 to 50(70) × 2 to 6 mm, margins hirsute, tips acute to rounded, surfaces finely appressed- to ascending-hirsute, more coarsely so abaxially, hairs minutely pustulose. Inflorescences cymules usually paired or in 3s, rarely solitary, few-flowered, 2 to 15(22) cm, proximal-most flowers not touching; bracts absent; pedicels 0.5 to 1 mm in fruit. Flowers appressed to ascending, promptly deciduous at maturity; calyces slightly asymmetric, cylindric to urceolate, bases rounded, constricted distally, 2 to 3 mm at anthesis, 4 to 7(8) mm in fruit, lobes separate to base, narrowly lanceolate, apical half linear, margins distally with many short, recurved to reclined hispid hairs, midribs thickened, distally with many short recurved to reclined hispid hairs, tips spreading, abaxial surfaces basally densely appressed hirsute, adaxial surfaces proximally glabrous, distally finely appressed hirsute; corollas funnelform, tubes 1 to 1.5 mm, limbs 1.5 to 2 mm in diameter; fornices minute; gynobases extending to 50% and styles to slightly < 100% length of mature nutlets; flower bracts absent. Fruits 3 to 4, homomorphic, ovate, compressed, 1.9 to 2.2(2.5) mm, grayish or brownish, bases truncate, margins rounded, tips short-acuminate, surfaces papillate and sparsely low-rounded tuberculate, abaxial surfaces low-rounded convex, spinal ridges absent, adaxial surfaces flat, attachment scars centered, edges not raised, abutted, widely bifid-forked but not gapped at base, areoles absent. Basalt-derived or loess substrates, slopes, banks, open shrub­lands, open coniferous woodlands. Flowering Jun Jul. 1300 to 1800 m. BW, ECas, Sisk. CA, ID, NV, WA. Native. Cryptantha simulans is often found in forest understories. It is readily recognized by the stem hairs being appressed only, the narrow distal calyx lobes with recurved, hispid hairs, and the flattened, ovate nutlets sparsely covered with low-rounded tubercules. (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]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/09/2023).