Cryptantha minima

(Little Cryptantha)


Cryptantha minima, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7363


Cryptantha minima, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7361


Cryptantha minima, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7366

Scientific Name Cryptantha minima USDA PLANTS Symbol CRMI5
Common Name Little Cryptantha, Little Catseye ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31773
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (3500 to 8000 ft.); dry, sandy or gravelly soils in prairies, shrublands and disturbed areas,and at the base of rock outcrops.
Plant: Small, bristly hairy annual, 4 to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Alternate stem leaves linear to oblanceolate, 3/8 to 1-1/4 inches long; surfaces very bristly to hairy and with pustules.
Inflorescence: Spike-like, with leafy bracts along one main axis in upper 2/3 of stem; very small white blossoms are five-lobed, less than 1/16-inch across; sepals with bristly hairs and thick, whitish veins.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, iNaturalist and Status of Tiny Cryptanthe in Alberta.
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