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Cryptantha aperta

Cryptantha aperta (Eastw.) Payson

Grand Junction Cryptantha, Grand Junction Catseye, Grand Junction Cat's-eye

Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Synonym(s): Oreocarya aperta

USDA Symbol: CRAP2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets, 1-4.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun


Native Habitat: Dry ground, often on clay soils.


Bibref 1817 - Flora of Colorado (2015) Ackerfield, J.

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Web Reference

Webref 64 - Colorado Rare Plant Guide (2020) Colorado State University
Webref 28 - NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life (2018) NatureServe

Research Literature

Reslit 3124 - A Monograph of the Section Oreocarya of Cryptantha (1927) Payson, Edwin Blake

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Additional resources

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


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

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