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Cryptantha mexicana (Mexican cryptantha)
Anderson, Wynn

Cryptantha mexicana

Cryptantha mexicana (Brandegee) I.M. Johnst.

Mexican Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


USDA Symbol: CRME4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate , Oblong
Leaf Pubescence: Hirsute
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Corolla is inconspicuous.


Native Habitat: Calcareous soils associated with limestone and caliche.

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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