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Subspecies | Variants:
Cryptantha barbigera var. barbigera, Cryptantha barbigera var. fergusoniae
50 - 7,000 ft.
February, March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
4 - 12 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Pollinator or food source for:
Belly flower (very small), Attracts butterflies
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran
Cryptantha barbigera is an annual herb with lance-shaped dark green hairy leaves. The sepals that enclose the flower are dense with bristles, and the flower has 4 white petals with yellow at their base. Pipes Canyon | March 2016
It is sometimes difficult to distinguish one Cryptantha species from another. Cryptantha barbigera is identified partially by the width of its leaves at the stem, which can be up to 1/2 in. wide. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2014
Cryptantha barbigera backlit by the late afternoon sun. Mission Creek Preserve, CA | March 2015