Cryptantha fendleri

(Sanddune Cryptantha)

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Cryptantha fendleri, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6397

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Cryptantha fendleri, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6404

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Cryptantha fendleri, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6401

Scientific Name Cryptantha fendleri USDA PLANTS Symbol CRFE3
Common Name Sanddune Cryptantha, Sanddune Catseye, Fendler's Cryptantha ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31807
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4900 to 9000 ft.); dry, sandy soils in open areas; sagebrush scrub.
Plant: Very hairy annual, 4 to 20 inches tall, single stem with multiple branches, densely hairy.
Leaves: Alternate stem leaves narrowly oblanceolate, 3/4 to 2 inches long, very bristly to hairy.
Inflorescence: Linear array of developing egg-shaped fruits (nutlets) with usually one or two very small white flowers at the tip; blossoms are five-lobed, less than 1/10-inch across.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Jepson eFlora.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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