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Prickly Popcorn Flower
Cryptantha muricata

About Prickly Popcorn Flower (Cryptantha muricata) Cryptantha muricata is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name pointed cryptantha. It is native to California and adjacent parts of Arizona, Baja California, and Nevada, where it is known from many habitat types. It is an annual herb producing a branching 10 centimeters to one meter in height which is coated densely in rough and soft hairs. The leaves are linear in shape and no more than 4 centimeters long. They have hairs and bristles, some of which have bulbous bases. The flower cluster is a length of very hairy developing fruits tipped with a cluster of small five-lobed white flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
4 - 6 in (10.2 - 15.2 cm)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy or gravelly places

Part Shade

Elevation ?
-3814' - 10562'

Annual Precip. ?
3.9" - 61.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.08"

Coldest Month ?
24.5° F - 59.6° F

Hottest Month ?
47.8° F - 87.9° F

Humidity ?
0.59 vpd - 38.77 vpd


Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. gives some germination. The addition of a small amount of charate over the sown seeds significantly improves germination ( Keeley and Keeley 1982).

Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Pointed 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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