Cryptantha cinerea var. jamesii

(James' Cryptantha)

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Cryptantha cinerea var. jamesii, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7385

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Cryptantha cinerea var. jamesii, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7383

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Cryptantha cinerea var. jamesii, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7389

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Cryptantha cinerea var. jamesii, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7391

Scientific Name Cryptantha cinerea var. jamesii (Cryptantha suffruticosa, Oreocarya suffruticosa, Oreocarya suffruticosa var. cinerea) USDA PLANTS Symbol CRCIJ
Common Name James' Cryptantha, James' Catseye ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 527550
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to foothills (4000 to 5700 ft.); dry, sandy or gravelly soils in grassy areas and often on sandstone outcrops, bluffs and open woodlands.
Plant: Prostrate to ascending perennial, 4 to 24 inches tall; stems branching from the base as well as above, herbage silvery-white in appearance.
Leaves: Stem leaves oblanceolate to linear, 3/4 to 6 inches long and less than 1/8 to 5/8 inches wide; upper surfaces strigose, lower surfaces strigose and bristly.
Inflorescence: Initially scorpiod cyme of small white flowers, straightening later; blossoms are five-lobed, about 1/4-inch across.
Bloom Period: April to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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