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Cryptantha crassipes

Cryptantha crassipes I.M. Johnst.

Terlingua Creek Cat's-eye, Terlingua Creek Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


USDA Symbol: CRCR7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This taxon is a federally-listed and a Texas state-listed endangered species. (Webref 8).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Leaf: Leaf surface is cinereous or somewhat silvery, often blackened by a fungus. (Webref 8).
Fruit: Mericarps, 1-4.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Endemic of the Big Bend region of Texas.
Native Habitat: Found only on gypsum-rich Fizzle Flat Lentil limestone clay flats. (Bibref 1233).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q27U
Status: Endangered
Historic Range: U.S.A. (TX)
Critical Habitat: N/A
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston
Bibref 1233 - Rare Plants of Texas: A Field Guide (2007) Poole, J. M.; Carr, W. R.; Price, D. M.; Singhurst...

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Web Reference

Webref 7 - Endangered Species Program (2012) U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Webref 8 - National Collection of Endangered Plants (2012) The Center for Plant Conservation
Webref 9 - Terlingua Creek Cat's-eye Recovery Plan (Cryptantha crassipes) (1994) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2, Albuquerque, NM
Webref 10 - Wildlife Fact Sheets (2012) Texas Parks & Wildlife

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-09-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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