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Cryptantha celosioides (Eastw.) Payson
cockscomb cryptantha (buttecandle)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Biennial or short-lived perennial herb from a sometimes branched stem-base, silky throughout with fine, straight, appressed hairs and also with bulbous-based bristles; stems 1-several, 10-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves several, tufted, conspicuous, spoon-shaped or broadly oblanceolate, rounded at tip, 2-8 cm long, 4-15 mm wide; stem leaves somewhat reduced, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of short "spikes" aggregated into a long cluster (thyrse); petals white, fused into a tube that spreads (8-12 mm wide) at top to 5 lobes, with 5 yellow bulges at throat; calyces 4-8 mm long in fruit, coarsely stiff-hairy and bristly.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, 3-5 mm long, egg-shaped or lance-egg-shaped, wrinkled and bumpy, with medial groove closed at base.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands and shrublands in the steppe zone; rare in extreme SC BC; S to NE 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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Cryptantha bradburiana Payson
Cryptantha macounii (Eastw.) Payson
Cryptantha nubigena var. celosioides
Cryptantha nubigena var. macounii (Eastw.) Boivin
Cryptantha sheldonii (Brand) Payson
Oreocarya celosioides Eastw.
Oreocarya glomerata (Pursh) Greene, non Lehm. ex Fisch.
Oreocarya macounii Eastw.
Oreocarya sheldonii Brand

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