Saturday, May 1, 2010

Panamint Catseye or Bristlelobe Cryptantha

Panamint catseye, also known as bristlelobe cryptantha, popcorn flower, narrow leaved cryptantha and narrow leaved forget me not (Cryptantha angustifolia) is one of about 160 species of cryptantha.
It is found east of the Sierra Nevada and in the deserts of Southern California over to Texas and northern Mexico.
White flower buds are held in a tight coil (spiral) at the top of the plant.
The flowers start open from the bottom of the plant and move toward the top. This causes the stem to uncoil.
It blooms from February to March. The leaves are dull green-gray, narrow and hairy. This particular plant was found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in March 2010.

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