Scientific Name

Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia (Benth.) E. Greene var. chrysanthemifolia                                                                 

Family

Boraginaceae

General  

     A fire follower that grows close the ground, often in dense, stringy mats.                                                               

CI       

      Not uncommon on the north facing slope to the south of University Glen and the Town Center, CI.  More abundant in wetter years.  Easily observed as early as February directly behind Malibu Hall.               

 

References

      More on this species at CalFlora.

      The Jepson Manual (2012:  472, Eucrypta, by Robert Patterson and Richard R. Halse).

      Dale (2000:  122). 

      McAuley (1996:  385).

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, a small plant on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (7 March 2013).

 

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (10 April 2013).

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI.  Note Claytonia perfoliata in the upper left corner (ovoid leaf with white flower), a sure sign of moist conditions (19 February 2005).

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI.  The sprawling nature of this species is illustrated here (25 February 2005).

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (28 Februrary 2013).

 

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (5 March 2013).

 

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI (5 March 2013).

 

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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var.chrysanthemifolia, on the hillside above Malibu Hall, CI.  Two other plants worth noting appear here, to the left of the Eucrypta is Dichelostemma capitatus, the flower buds are present, but it appears the leaves have been cropped by some browser.  The finely divided leaves emerging from below the Eucrypta belong to a seedling of Leptosyne gigantea.  Note also the scorched wood in the lower left corner, a remnant of an earlier fire (7 March 2013).