Cryptantha crassipes

(Terlingua Creek Catseye)


Cryptantha crassipes, Agua Fria Rd, Brewster Co. 1369


Cryptantha crassipes, Agua Fria Rd, Brewster Co. 1362


Cryptantha crassipes, Agua Fria Rd, Brewster Co. 1366

Scientific Name Cryptantha crassipes (Oreocarya crassipes) USDA PLANTS Symbol CRCR7
Common Name Terlingua Creek Catseye, Terlingua Creek Cryptantha ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31799
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not) Texas Parks Reference Click Here
Description Habitat: Chalky limestone and gypsum-laced clays; endemic to a small area in Brewster County.
Plant: Erect perennial, hairy stems up to 12 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, sessile, linear-spatulate to linear-oblanceolate leaves mostly in a basal clump, 1 to 2.3 inches long with very small hairs on surfaces and edges; stem leaves fewer, smaller, alternate.
Inflorescence: Compact, dense, terminal clusters of small tubular blossoms each about 1/3-inch across, with 5 spreading, rounded white lobes and yellow center; sometimes clusters will occur at leaf axils.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Rare Plants of Texas" by Poole, Carr, Price and Singhurst and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
BONAP Distribution Map

Map Color Key
Texas Status:

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