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Boraginaceae >>> Cryptantha angustifolia
Photographed on a vacant lot in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in April
2007. This photo is hosted at
Wikimedia where there are additional images of
plants in the boraginaceae.
on creosote deserts following winter or spring rains.
LEAVES: Nearly linear leaves, like the rest of the foliage, are covered
in stiff, bristly hairs.
SEEDS: Each flower develops four single-seeded nutlets that separate
from one another. One nutlet, the one facing away from the stem, is larger than
the other three.
ANNUAL: A diminutive spring annual rarely exceding 15 cm and may grow
partially prostrate. There are a number of similar Cryptantha species found on the Sonoran Desert.
FLOWERS: White, five petaled flowers are minute. About a millimeter
in diameter. They are borne in a scorpioid inflorescence. Some specimens
may have petals up to 4 mm across.
UNARMED. The stiff bristles make this plant uncomfortable to the
Boraginaceae -- Borage Family
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