Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Cryptantha crassisepala (Torrey & Gray) Greene var. elachantha I.M. Johnson
(Thick Sepal Cat's Eye)
Cryptantha crassisepala var. elachantha is an annual herb with a minute corolla that is less than 2mm wide. One of the nutlets
is much taller than the others and exceeds the style in length. It is not winged. The leaves are oblanceolate. There are no bracts underneath the flowers. Cryptantha crassisepala var. elachantha is found in sandy soils along streambeds but also in town and waste ground.
Please click on an image for a larger file.
Cryptantha crassisepala var. elachantha, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Bill Evans Road at 180N, May 21, 2009
Cryptantha crassisepala var. elachantha, nutlet on the left is much larger than the other three and taller than the style, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Bill Evans Road at 180N, May 21, 2009
Back to the Index