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Cryptantha torreyana

Cryptantha torreyana (A. Gray) Greene

Torrey's Cryptantha, Torrey's Catseye, Torrey's Cat's-eye, Torrey's Cat's Eye

Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Synonym(s): Cryptantha calycosa, Cryptantha eastwoodiae, Cryptantha flexulosa, Cryptantha torreyana var. calycosa, Cryptantha torreyana var. pumila

USDA Symbol: CRTO4

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Fruit: 4 nutlets.

Bloom Information

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


USA: CA , ID , MT , ND , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Open areas, slopes, disturbed soils, chaparral, foothill woodlands, conifer forests.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-02-22
Research By: CBR

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