Cryptantha fendleri (Fendler's Cryptanthe) - photos and description

Inflorescence a scorpioid cyme, after terminal flower is finished, stem grows and another flower opens



Stem leaf in above photo

General: An annual plant with a branching growth habit. Stems and leaves hispid, giving it an almost whitish appearance. Stems and leaves bristly to touch, inflorescence sticky to touch.

Flowers: Small white flowers appear in scorpioid cymes, flowers measured at 2 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are linear, alternate, leaf highlighted in above photo was 13 mm long and 1 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm. Plant in above photo was 25 cm tall.

Habitat: Sand dunes in western Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken on July 12th, sand dunes, Douglas Provincial Park, about 250 km west of our home in Regina, SK.