Bearded Cryptantha

Common Names:
Bearded Cryptantha
Scientific name:
Cryptantha barbigera
Subspecies | Variants:
Cryptantha barbigera var. barbigera, Cryptantha barbigera var. fergusoniae
Elevation range:
50 - 7,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
February, March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
4 - 12 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Pollinator or food source for:
Notes:
Belly flower (very small), Attracts butterflies
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

Bearded Cryptantha

Bearded Cryptantha in the desert

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

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Bearded Cryptantha in the desert

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

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Bearded Cryptantha in the desert

Cryptantha barbigera backlit by the late afternoon sun. Mission Creek Preserve, CA | March 2015