Scientific Name   

Cryptantha sp. 1 - larger flowers                                            

Family

Boraginaceae

General        

     Small annual, with small, brilliant white flowers.  Several species of this genus occur in the Santa Monica Mountains, and they are difficult to distinguish.  There appear to be three species on CI habitats.                                     

CI      

    Cryptantha sp. 1 has larger flowers than either of the other two species of  Cryptantha found on CI habitats (Cryptantha sp. 2 and 3).  Not common, but observed near the crest of the ridge to the south of University Glen (north facing slope), and to the east of University Glen at the base of the hill.  We are yet uncertain as to the specific identity of this species, but likely it is one of the following:  Cryptantha clevelandii Greene, C. intermedia (A. Gray) Greene; Cryptantha muricata (Hook. & Arn.) Nelson & J.F. Macbr.                           

 

References

      The Jepson Manual (2012:  455, Cryptantha, by Ronald B. Kelley, Michael G. Simpson & Kristen E. Hasenstab-Lehman).                           

      Dale (2000:  78).

      McAuley (1996:  262).

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Cryptantha sp. 1 at base of hill to the east of University Glen, CI (2 March 2003).

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Cryptantha sp. 1 on hillside to the south of University Glen, CI (28 March 2008).

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Cryptantha sp. 1 on hillside to the south of University Glen, CI (5 March 2013).

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Cryptantha sp. 1 on hillside to the south of University Glen, CI (5 March 2013).

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Cryptantha sp. 1 on hillside to the south of University Glen, CI (5 March 2013).