|Scientific Name||Cryptantha minima||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CRMI5|
|Common Name||Little Catseye, Little Cryptantha||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||31773|
|Family||Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not)||SW Colorado Wildflowers Reference||Click Here|
|Description||Habitat: Dry soils, slopes, grasslands.
Plant: Short annual about 4 inches tall and 8 inches across; few to many spreading, ascending stems with pungent bristles.
Leaves: Very bristly leaves clustered at base and alternate on stems; sessile, narrowly oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, up to 1-1/2 inches long and 1/4-inch wide, becoming smaller upward to become bracts.
Inflorescence: Very small white flowers, 1/8-inch across, in dense curled spikes (scorpioide cymes) surrounded by sepals forming a bristly calyx less than 0.1 inch long; blossoms have 5 rounded lobes; leaf-like, bristly bracts below cymes. Cymes open and elongate up to 6 inches long as plant matures.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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