Scientific Name 

Cryptantha sp. 3 - tiny 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        

     This is one of two species with tiny white flowers.  Cryptantha sp. 3 was encountered abundantly along the top of the ridge above the Camarillo Park entrance area.  It’s flowers spaced out along a receme.  It differs from Cryptantha sp. 2, which was found syntopically, which has its flowers concentrated in a head at the end of the stem.  It is likely this species is either  Cryptantha micromeres  (A. Gray) E. Greene or Cryptantha microstachys  (A. Gray) E. Greene.  

References

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

      Dale (2000: 78). 

      McAuley (1996:  261).

 

cryptantha-sp315apr2013-43Cryptantha sp. 3 at crest of hill above Camarillo Park entrance area, CI (15 April 2013).

 

cryptantha-sp3-11apr2013-15Cryptantha sp. 3 at crest of hill above Camarillo Park entrance area, CI (11 April 2013).

 

cryptantha-sp3-11apr2013-32Cryptantha sp. 3 at crest of hill above Camarillo Park entrance area, CI (11 April 2013).

 

cryptantha-sp3-11apr2013-40Cryptantha sp. 3 at crest of hill above Camarillo Park entrance area, CI (11 April 2013).

 cryptantha-sp3-11apr2013-7Cryptantha sp. 3 at crest of hill above Camarillo Park entrance area, CI (11 April 2013).

 cryptantha-sp3-15apr2013-36Cryptantha sp. 3 at crest of hill above Camarillo Park entrance area, CI (15 April 2013).