Cryptantha species

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Scientific Name Cryptantha crassipes (Oreocarya crassipes) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Terlingua Creek Catseye, Terlingua Creek Cryptantha ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) Texas Parks Reference
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Description Habitat: Chalky limestone and gypsum-laced clays; endemic to a small area in Brewster County.
Plant: Erect perennial, hairy stems up to 12 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, sessile, linear-spatulate to linear-oblanceolate leaves mostly in a basal clump, 1 to 2—1/3 inches long with very small hairs on surfaces and edges; stem leaves fewer, smaller, alternate.
Inflorescence: Compact, dense, terminal clusters of small tubular blossoms each about 1/3-inch across, with 5 spreading, rounded white lobes and yellow center; sometimes clusters will occur at leaf axils.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Rare Plants of Texas" by Poole, Carr, Price and Singhurst and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Texas Status
Native, Rare
Endangered Species
Scientific Name Cryptantha crassisepala USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Thicksepal Catseye, Thicksepal Cryptantha ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Dry soils, slopes, grasslands.
Plant: Short annual, less than 2 inches, growing to about 5 inches tall; several to many spreading, hairy stems.
Leaves: Very hairy leaves clustered at base and alternate on stems; sessile, oblanceolate, 3/4 to 1-inch long.
Inflorescence: Very small white flowers, 1/8-inch across, in dense curled spikes supported by thick sepals; 5 lobes.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: SEINet.
Texas Status

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