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Cryptantha confertiflora
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Yellow-flowered Cryptantha
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Cryptantha confertiflora

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About Yellow-flowered Cryptantha (Cryptantha confertiflora) Cryptantha confertiflora is a species of wildflower in the borage family known by the common names basin yellow catseye and Mojave popcorn flower. This is a common desert plant native to the southwestern United States. It is an erect perennial herb approaching half a meter in height. The stems grow from a woody caudex and form a rough clump of hairy, bristly gray-green leaves in dry, rocky areas. Out of the clump grow erect stems topped with dense inflorescences of hairy mustard-yellow flowers. Each flower is tubular with sepals wrapped around the tube below a flat-faced or curled-back corolla of five lobes. The fruit is a nutlet 3 to 4 millimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.43 - 1.6 ft (0.13 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Cream

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
688' - 11119'

Annual Precip. ?
2.4" - 25.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 3.40"

Coldest Month ?
21.8° F - 57.3° F

Hottest Month ?
45.3° F - 85.9° F

Humidity ?
1.05 vpd - 42.86 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Mojave Popcorn Flower, Basin Yellow Cryptantha, Basin Yellow Catseye

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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