|Scientific Name||Cryptantha crassisepala||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CRCR3|
|Common Name||Thicksepal Catseye, Thicksepal Cryptantha||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31800|
|Description||Habitat: Dry sandy or gravelly places; dunes, slopes, grasslands.
Plant: Short annual, 4 to 6 inches tall; several to many spreading stems with pungent bristles.
Leaves: Very bristly leaves clustered at base and alternate on stems; sessile, narrowly oblanceolate, up to 2 inches long and less than 1/4-inch wide near base, becoming smaller upward.
Inflorescence: Very small white flowers, 1/8-inch across, in dense curled spikes (scorpioide cymes) surrounded by a calyx less than 0.1 inch long, of thick, bristly sepals with prominent ribs; blossoms have 5 rounded lobes; no bracts below cymes. Cymes open and elongate up to 6 inches long as plant matures.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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