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Cryptantha caespitosa

Cryptantha caespitosa (A. Nelson) Payson

Tufted Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Synonym(s): Oreocarya caespitosa

USDA Symbol: CRCA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: CO , ID , UT , WY
Native Habitat: Open shale knolls, with other cushion plants, pinyon-juniper, sagebrush.


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 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Research Literature

Reslit 3127 - A Monograph of the Section Oreocarya of Cryptantha (1927) Payson, Edwin Blake

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


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

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