Scented Cryptantha

Common Names:
Scented Cryptantha
Scientific name:
Cryptantha utahensis
Elevation range:
< 6,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June, July
Height | Length:
4 - 12 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Great Basin, Mojave

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Scented Cryptantha in the desert

Cryptantha utahensis can usually be distinguished from other Cryptanthas by its short, appressed hairs that are not as bristly or dense as other species.  Flowers are bright white with yellow at the center and are clustered at the top of the finely haired stems. Rainbow Basin Natural Area | April 2014

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Scented Cryptantha in the desert

New sprouts of Cryptantha utahensis.  Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2016