Cryptantha pterocarya, Wingnut Cryptantha
Scientific Name: Cryptantha pterocarya
Common Name: Wingnut Cryptantha
Also Called: Winged Pick-Me-Not, Winged-nut Cryptantha, Wingnut Catseye and Wing-nut Forget-Me-Not (Spanish: Peluda (generic), Nievitas)
Family: Boraginaceae, Forget-Me-Not Family
Size: Up to 15 inches or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; multiple branching stems, strigose and rough-hairy; hairs generally ascending.
Leaves: Green; hairs bristly, linear to oblong.
Flower Color: White; sepals linear, coarse hairy, fruit usually 1 wingless and 3 winged nutlets.
Flowering Season: March to June.
Elevation: Below 4,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: In washes and other sandy or gravelly soils.
Recorded Range: In the United States Wingnut Cryptantha can be found in the southwestern and northwestern states; AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT and WA. It is also native to Baja California and northwestern Mexico. In Arizona it is found throughout the state below 4,000 feet elevation.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Cryptantha pterocarya.
U.S. Weed Information: No data listed.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data listed.
Wetland Indicator: No data listed.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data listed.
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.
There are 3 varieties in Cryptantha pterocarya;
Cryptantha pterocarya var. cycloptera, Wingnut Cryptantha, (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, TX, UT);
Cryptantha pterocarya var. pterocarya, Wingnut Cryptantha (AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA);
Cryptantha pterocarya var. stenoloba, Wingnut Cryptantha (AZ, NV).
Comments: This genus is complex and difficult to accurately identify to species as most have superficially similar characteristics. Wingnut Cryptantha however has a somewhat unique easily recognizable profile.
Members of the genus Cryptantha are collectively referred to as Cat’s Eyes or Popcorn Flowers.