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Cryptantha affinis

Cryptantha affinis (A. Gray) Greene

Quill Cryptantha, Quill Cat's-eye, Common Cryptantha, Side-grooved Cryptantha, Side Grooved Cryptantha, Slender Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Fruit: 4 nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Habitat: Open areas, sagebrush, chaparral, conifer forests.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cryptantha affinis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cryptantha affinis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cryptantha affinis


Record Modified: 2021-02-18
Research By: CBR

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