Cryptantha ganderi, Gander's Cryptantha
Scientific Name: Cryptantha ganderi
Common Name: Gander's Cryptantha
Family: Boraginaceae, Forget-Me-Not Family
Size: Up to 15 inches more or less (4-15").
Growth Form: Forb/herb; Plants stout, branching generally throughout, spreading, strigose,
Leaves: Green; up to 1.5 inches, linear to narrow-lanceolate; hairy bristles spreading, some bulbous at the base.
Flower Color: White, corolla mostly white with a pale yellow center; flowers are few or small clusters on plants, flowers ascending; calyx tube restricted above, sepals free, linear-oblong, tips erect to spreading; fruit a lanceolate nutlet
Flowering Season: January to May.
Elevation: 500 to 1,200 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Sandy open areas, silty fine sand, creosote bush communities.
Recorded Range: Cryptantha ganderi is rare in the United States where it is found only in CA and AZ. In CA it is found in the Borrego Valley area and in AZ in the Yuma area. It is also native to northwestern Mexico.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Cryptantha ganderi.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: In North America Cryptantha ganderi is listed as Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1; Rare, threatened, or endangered in California and elsewhere; .1: Seriously endangered in California. This species is known in CA from approximately five occurrences. Seriously threatened by development and vehicles.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 37 species of Cryptantha, California has 59 species, Nevada has 45 species, New Mexico has 24 species, Texas has 15 species, Utah has 56 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Gander's Cryptantha is a small bristly species of Cryptantha that is listed as rare, either threatened or endangered in California. In Arizona it is limited in distribution the dry sandy areas of the southwest corner of the state (Yuma County).
Gander's Cryptantha is named in honor of Frank Forest Gander (1899-1976); American botanist and zoologist in San Diego, California.
Members of the genus Cryptantha are collectively referred to as Cat’s Eyes or Popcorn Flowers.