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Cryptantha torreyana
Torrey's cryptantha

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Montana.

Habitat: Open areas, low to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, wasps


Annual, the simple or branched stems 1-4 dm. tall, with short, stiff, spreading hairs.


Leaves linear to narrowly oblong, with sub-appressed, stiff hairs.


Inflorescence of naked spikes, usually elongate and paired; fruiting calyx 4-8 mm. long, the 5 lobes with stiff hairs; corolla white, inconspicuous, about 1 mm. wide; style surpassed by the nutlets.


Nutlets 4, ovate, acute, with rounded margins, 1.5-2.3 mm. long and 0.8-1.2 wide, smooth and shining, attached to the style.

Accepted Name:
Cryptantha torreyana (A. Gray) Greene
Publication: Pittonia 1(7): 118. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cryptantha torreyana (A. Gray) Greene var. pumila (A. Heller) I.M. Johnst.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Cryptantha torreyana checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Cryptantha torreyana information.

E-Flora BC: Cryptantha torreyana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cryptantha torreyana photos.

USDA Plants: Cryptantha torreyana information.

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