Boraginaceae
Cryptantha affinis

Slender Cryptantha

Erect single-stemmed annual covered with coarse white hairs. Leaves very narrow, entire, mostly basal, with some scattered up the stem. Flowers tiny in small coils, partially covered by upward-curving hairs. Seeds usually 4 nutlets. Found throughout Pacific Northwest growing in dry places. Similar C. flaccida has only 1 nutlet per flower.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 6--20 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Steens, Wallowas, Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: Yes