(Cryptantha mariposae )
Photo Copyright Charles Webber California Academy of Sciences
Description: Annual herb 4-10 inches (10-25cm) tall, with stems having stiff, straight, rough hairs. Leaves oblong, 3/8 - 3/4 inches (1/2cm) long, with short, bristly hairs. Inflorescence are spikes, 5/8 - 2 inches (1.5-5cm) long. Sepals are 1/8 inch (2-3mm) long, and the corolla is about 1/16 inch (2mm) wide. Fruits are nutlets (generally 4), shiny, egg-shaped, and brown or mottled.
Habitat: Serpentine soils. Elevation 640 - 2080 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - May.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B