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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cryptantha nevadensis - Nevada cryptantha

Other Common Names: Nevada cat's eye, Nevada forget me not
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Boraginaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Annual herb to small shrub to 2 feet tall and wide, becoming sprawling, and often supported by surrounding plants.
Identification notes: Plants bear straight, stiff, sharp, appressed hairs; nutlets 4, all alike, margins angled or rounded, not sharp, roughened; style surpassed by the nutlets or at most barely surpassing them.
Height: 6 to 24 inches


Habitat Description: Brushy, rocky slopes with cacti, juniper, pinyon pine and chaparral on sandstone and basalt slopes. Also found in soil pockets on steep canyon walls and ledges on slick rock shelves.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3500 - 6500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: The flowers are borne on elongated stems with the lowest flowers sometimes not touching those just above them on the erect stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate and opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Stems are simple to branched throughout, and bear straight, stiff, sharp hairs that lie close to the stems. Leaves are 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, linear to oblong, and generally bristly.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brownish   
Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: All 4 nutlets are usually of equal size. Nutlets are about 1/10 inch long, 4 per flower, lanceolate; backs are densely grooved and may be forked or flared open at the base.
Seed Notes:

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