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Protologue: Pittonia 1: 114. 1887
Pronunciation: Cryp-tán-tha in-ter-mè-di-a
Etymology: krypto/crypto, hidden + anthos, flower + intermediate, referring to a taxon partway between two others
Jepson eFlora Treatment
SD County Synoptic Voucher - C. i. var. intermedia
SD County Synoptic Voucher - C. i. var. johnstonii J.F.Macbride
Key to the two varieties of Cryptantha intermedia in San Diego County:
Upper stem trichomes appressed and spreading; mature fruiting calyx ascending to inclined in orientation .... C. intermedia var. intermedia
Upper stem trichomes spreading, few to none appressed; mature fruiting calyx horizontal to inclined in orientation .... C. intermedia var. johnstonii
[See: Systematics of Amsinckiinae (Boraginaceae): The popcorn flowers.]
Left: S.D. County Plant Atlas (http://sdplantatlas.org). Right: CCH2. Click to see current herbarium records.
Plant is an annual herb.
Inflorescence unit is a circinate (coiled) scorpioid cyme.
Corolla is rotate, with flaring lobes and a yellow center (fornices).
Fruits is a schizocarp of 4, tuberculate nutlets surrounded by an accrescent calyx.
Fruits is a schizocarp of 4, papillate-tuberculate nutlets surrounded by an accrescent calyx.
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