Cryptantha affinis (A. Gray) Greene
common cryptantha (quill cryptantha)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Cryptantha affinis
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems simple or branched, with stiff, straight, appressed to somewhat coarse, long hairs, 5-30 cm tall.
Scattered along the stem, linear to oblong, 1-4 cm long, short-bristly, alternate, entire.
Inflorescence of several coiled, often paired,1-sided, spikelike arms; petals white, fused into a short tube that spreads (1-2 mm wide) at the top to 5 lobes, with yellow bulges at the throat; calyces 2.5-4 mm long in fruit, with long, coarse hairs or bristles.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, to 2 mm long, egg-shaped, smooth or finely sandy on surface (granular), compressed, groove on inner face off to one edge, more or less closed at the base.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Cryptantha affinis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
763 500 900
Slope Gradient (%)
20 8 35

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

239 172 335
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 1 3
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BG(1), IDF(3)

Habitat and Range

Dry to mesic sites in the lowland and steppe zones; infrequent in S BC; E to SW AB and S to WY and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia