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Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)
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Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)
Thin upright plant (arrows).

General: Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya) is a small, upright annual forb with hairy, linear leaves and tiny white flowers.

Wingnut Cryptantha can be a common component of desert vegetation communities on sandy and gravel soils in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats), Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) life zones.

Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)
Upper, flowering portion with fruits.

Family: Borage (Boraginaceae).

Other Names: Forget-Me-Not.

Plant Form: Thin, upright stalk with short leaves topped with white flowers and nutlets.

Height: Often about 5 inches, to about 18 inches.

Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)

Stems: Usually one, upright, rough hairy.

Leaves: To about 2-inches long, narrow; rough-hairy to bristly. Basal leaves in groups; cauline leaves generally opposite and single.

Flowers: Blooms in the spring. Inflorescence terminal. Flowers tiny, white; bell-shaped with 5 petals.

Seeds: 4 nutlets.

Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)

Habitat: Sandy to rocky desert soils.

Elevation: To about 7,000 feet.

Distribution: Western US.


Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)
Flower and fruits
Wingnut Cryptantha (Cryptantha pterocarya)
Cluster of leaves broken from stem

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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