Wingnut Cryptantha

Common Names:
Wingnut Cryptantha
Scientific name:
Cryptantha pterocarya
Elevation range:
< 7,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May
Height | Length:
4 - 15 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
State Occurrences:
Parks & Preserves:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Wingnut Cryptantha in the desert

Pectocarya penicillata is an annual herb that grows to about 12 inches in height. It bears tiny white flowers with 5 petals in a coiled cyme inflorescence. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2015

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Wingnut Cryptantha in the desert

Cryptantha pterocarya has bristly hairs on sepals and leaves, which are linear to lanceolate-shaped. Barstow, CA | March 2014