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Beach Cryptantha
Cryptantha leiocarpa
About Beach Cryptantha (Cryptantha leiocarpa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cryptantha leiocarpa is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name coastal cryptantha. It is native to the coastline of Oregon and California where it grows in sandy areas such as beaches. This small annual herb grows an erect hairy, bristly branching stem to a maximum height near 30 centimeters. The stems droop and trail along the ground when they become long. The linear leaves are 1 to 3 centimeters long and have rough hairs. The plant bears small, tight clusters of white five-lobed flowers with yellow centers and tiny bristly sepals underneath.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.9 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 10.5" - 71.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 2.06", Coldest Month: 41.4" - 56.6", Hottest Month: 57.1" - 75.7", Humidity: 0.26" - 23.71", Elevation: 3" - 2080"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Coastal Cryptantha

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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