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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cryptantha pterocarya - wingnut cryptantha

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Boraginaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Annual herb producing several to many bristly stems from the base.
Identification notes: Nutlets 4; 3 are always wing-margined; sometimes all 4 are wing-margined; style surpassing the nutlets but shorter than the wings.
Height: 6 to 20 inches


Habitat Description: Found in pinyon juniper woodland, red rock soils, sandy cobbles adjacent to washes, and on rocky slopes.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 5500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to yellowish     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - Jul
Description: Flowers are borne on erect, elongated stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     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: Leaves are linear to oblong and bristly. Stems are simple to branched throughout, and bear stiff, bristly hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brownish   
Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: The fruit consists of four nutlets, each with a prominent toothed wing, 3 clearly winged, 1 not winged. Insides of nutlets are grooved; groove may be flared open or forked at the base. Backs of nutlets bear a ridge,

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