Synonym: Oreocarya flavoculata
Family: Boraginaceae – Borage Family
Perennial herbs; 4” to 1.2' (10 to 37 cm) tall
Leaves: opposite at base and alternate above; simple; generally rough and hairy; 1.2” to 4.4” (3 to 11 cm) long, 0.12” to 0.6” (3 to 15 mm) wide
Flowers: 5 united white or pale yellow petals – usually white on outside and yellow in center with a narrow tube and an abruptly flared top, the tube is 0.28” to 0.4” (7 to 10 mm) long, fornices yellow; 5 sepals free or united; 5 stamens; radially symmetrical; usually bisexual
Pollinators: other genera in this family are pollinated by insects
Fruits: 4 nutlets
Blooms in Arches National Park: March, April, May, June, July
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities
Location seen: park road mile 5.5, mile 7.4, mile 8, Delicate Arch trail, park road mile 16
Other: The genus name, “Cryptantha”, is from the Greek “kryptos” which means “to hide” and “anthos” which means “flower” referring to the bracts obscuring the flowers on some species. The species name, “flavoculata”, means “yellow-stemmed”.
The classification of this family is based primarily upon the structure of the fruit. This genus of plants is only found in America, mostly in the western United States, but also in the deserts of South America.