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Cryptantha cinerea  (Greene) Cronquist
James' cryptantha
Cryptantha cinerea is a perennial herb that is native to California.
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Genus: Cryptantha
Family: Boraginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Alternate Names:
iNatOreocarya abortiva
Information about  Cryptantha cinerea from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
USDA PLANTS Profile (CRCI3)

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[americansouthwest.net] Description: There are many similar species of cryptantha, characterized by narrow, linear leaves, hairy foliage, a small growth habit and white, five-petaled flowers. James' cryptantha is one of the larger, more shrub-like members of the genus, becoming up to 2 feet tall and branching readily. The flowers are also quite spread out, and a single plant can have several dozen clusters, which are compact initially, lengthening as they mature. Leaves and stems are noticeably less hairy than many of the smaller species, but the calyx and flower stalks do have the characteristic covering of stiff, white, spreading bristles. The relatively long but sparse leaf hairs are mostly along the edges. The top of the corolla tube projects slightly above the base of the petals, forming a pale yellow ring. (link added 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: 07/24/2024).