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Cryptantha ambigua

Cryptantha ambigua (A. Gray) Greene

Basin Cryptantha, Basin Cat's-eye, Wickes Cryptantha, Wilke's Cryptantha, Wilkes Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage family)


USDA Symbol: CRAM3

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 18 inches tall.
Fruit: 4 nutlets.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CA , CO , ID , MA , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy or gravelly areas in sagebrush scrub to open conifer forests, occasionally pinyon-juniper woodlands.

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


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

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