Cryptantha pterocarya

Wing-Nut Cryptantha

Erect, with some upright branches. Stems with rough hairs pointing upward. Leaves short, narrow, linear to oblong, bristly, mostly basal becoming fewer and smaller upward. Flowers white, in 2 spikes, atop each stem. Lower flowers widely spaced; upper flowers close together, overlapping. Nutlets broadly winged. Grows in sandy, gravelly soils in the basin bottom lands. The common name refers to the wide wings on the seeds.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: All Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--15 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Meadow
  • Found In: Steens
  • Native: Yes