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Cryptantha intermedia
Clearwater cat's-eye, common cryptantha

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Washington to California, east to western Idaho and northwestern Nevada.

Habitat: Forest openings, open slopes, and remnant balds at low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, wasps


Stiff-hairy annual, the simple or branched stem 0.5-5 dm. tall.


Leaves scattered, linear to narrowly oblong or linear-oblanceolate, 1-5 cm. long.


Flowers in naked spikes, usually in pairs or threes; calyx divided to the base, the 5 lobes 3-5 mm. long in fruit, stiff-hairy at least below; corolla large and showy, the 5 lobes white with a yellow base, with hairy appendages at the top of the tube opposite the corolla lobes, the limb 4-8 mm. wide; style equaling the nutlets.


Nutlets 1-4, 2-3 mm. long, minutely granular, attached to the style.

Accepted Name:
Cryptantha intermedia (A. Gray) Greene
Publication: Pittonia 1(7): 114. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cryptantha fragilis M. Peck
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cryptantha intermedia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Cryptantha intermedia checklist entry

OregonFlora: Cryptantha intermedia information

E-Flora BC: Cryptantha intermedia atlas page

CalPhotos: Cryptantha intermedia photos

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