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Cryptantha minima (Little cryptantha)
Northington, David K.

Cryptantha minima

Cryptantha minima Rydb.

Little Cryptantha

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


USDA Symbol: CRMI5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Listed as an endangered species in Canada. Found only in scattered sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Threatened by habitat conversion to agricultural uses.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CO , KS , MT , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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