Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Eucrypta micrantha, Dainty Desert Hideseed

Dainty Desert Hideseed is a slight dainty species with a slender stem and small, but showy flowers. Note glandular surface of leaf. Eucrypta micrantha Dainty Desert Hideseed is an early spring bloomer that flowers from February to May; March to June in California. Note lobed leaf margins. Eucrypta micrantha Dainty Desert Hideseed or Desert Hideseed has deeply pinnately leaves with 7 to 9 lobes. Lower leaves with 1 or few lobes. Eucrypta micrantha Dainty Desert Hideseed grows up to 12 inches or so with slender delicate stems that grows among adjacent plants and nearby structure for support. Eucrypta micrantha

Scientific Name: Eucrypta micrantha
Common Name: Dainty Desert Hideseed
Also Called: Desert Eucrypta, Desert Hideseed
Family: Hydrophyllaceae (Boraginaceae, Hydrophylloideae), the Waterleaf Family
Synonyms: (Ellisia micrantha, Macrocalyx micranthus, Nyctelea torreyi, Phacelia micrantha)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 12 inches or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; plants have slender delicate stems with stalked glands; plants scented.
Leaves: Green; deeply pinnately 7-9-lobed, lower leaves 1-pinnate, entire or few toothed; upper leaves sessile or nearly so.
Flower Color: Blue-purple, white, tube yellow; inflorescence 4 to 12 flowers per branch, stipitate-glandular; calyx lobes erect.
Flowering Season: February to May; March to June in California.
Elevation: 150 to 4,000 feet; up to 7,500 California and elsewhere.

Habitat Preferences: Canyons, hillsides, rocky crevices, washes, slopes.

Recorded Range: Eucrypta micrantha is found in the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX, UT. It is also native to Baja California and northern Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Eucrypta micrantha.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: In North America there are 2 species and 4 accepted taxa overall for Eucrypta. World wide, The Plant List includes 2 accepted species names and a further 5 infraspecific rank for the genus.

In the Southwestern United States: Arizona, California and Nevada each have 2 species of Eucrypta, New Mexico, Texas and Utah each have 1 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

Comments: Eucrypta micrantha, Dainty Desert Hideseed is a slender early spring bloomer that grows among adjacent plants and nearby structure for support. Dainty Desert Hideseed prefers partial shade (adjacent plants and structure) and disappears with increased temperature and when soils drying out.

In Southwest Desert Flora; also see Dainty Desert Hideseed which is superficially similar to Distant Phacelia, Phacelia distans, and Blue Fiestaflower, Pholistoma auritum.

Date Profile Completed: 02/27/2017, updated format 10/12/2017
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed 02/27/2017)
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 02/27/2017).
Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse; Jepson Online Interchange, eFlora Treatment; (accessed 02/27/2017)
The Jepson Desert Manual; 2002; Baldwin, Bruce G., et. al.; The Jepson Desert Manual: Vascular Plants of Southeastern California; pages 339 & 347 Univ. of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California
SEINet synonyms, scientific names, geographic locations, general information - (accessed 02/27/2017).