Boraginaceae
Cryptantha circumscissa

Matted Cryptantha

Small cushion, ball-shaped, about 1 in. tall, 4 times as wide. Many branches, bristly throughout. Leaves linear, less than 1/2 in. long, densely crowded, surrounding the flowers. Flowers very small, with yellow eyes, occuring singly on top of cushion in clusters. Calyx splits in a circle around seeds when mature. Grows in sandy, dry soils usually at low elevations but including Steens Mountain.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Spring-Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 1 inches tall
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Great Basin, Steens
  • Native: Yes