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Cryptantha circumscissa (Hook. & Arn.) I.M. Johnst.


Cushion cryptantha

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyBoraginaceaeBorages or forget-me-nots
GenusCryptanthaFrom the Greek krypto, “to hide, hidden,” and anthos, “flower,” and thus meaning “hidden flower,” a reference to the first known species which had small inconspicuous flowers which self-fertilized without opening
SpeciescircumscissaFrom the Latin for “cut around” because the upper half of the fruiting calyx falls away when the nutlets are ripe

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Cryptantha circumscissa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cryptantha circumscissa (cushion cryptantha)

4/30/2018 · Black Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve, Cali­fornia
≈ 4½ × 4½" (11 × 11 cm)


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