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Cryptantha flava (Brenda's yellow cryptantha)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cryptantha flava

Cryptantha flava (A. Nelson) Payson

Brenda's Yellow Cryptantha, Yellow Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s): Oreocarya flava

USDA Symbol: CRFL5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A hairy plant with stems in clumps and tipped with coils of small yellow flowers; leaves at base largest.

Cryptantha is a large genus of the arid West with mostly white-flowered species. There are only two yellow species in the genus. The similar Mojave Popcorn-flower (C. confertiflora) occurs from central Utah and northwestern Arizona west to the base of the Sierra Nevada.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Southwestern Wyoming south to northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open, sandy areas; common on plains and in juniper.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2013-08-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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