E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Cryptantha watsonii (A. Gray) Greene
Watson's cryptantha
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems usually branched, spreading rough-hairy and sometimes also appressed straight-hairy, 10-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves mostly lacking; stem leaves linear, blunt-tipped, 0.5-3 cm long, densely straight-appressed to spreading long-hairy.
Inflorescence of naked, coiled "spikes", single or often paired; petals white, fused at base into a tube spreading (1-2 mm wide) at top to 5 small lobes, with 5 bulges at the throat; fruiting calyces 2-4 mm long, long, straight, appressed-hairy and usually also with spreading bristles.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, 1.5-2 mm long, lanceolate, with prominent sharp-angled margins and medial groove opening at base.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and open forests in the steppe and lower montane zones; rare in SC BC; S to MT, CO and NV.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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