Coast Cryptantha or Popcorn Flower

(Cryptantha leiocarpa)
Coast Cryptantha or Popcorn Flower
Coast Cryptantha at Lobos Creek dunes.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: From the Greek cryptos, "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.

Presidio Locations: Found on coastal dunes and dune scrub.

Range In State: Coastal California.

Description: This native annual has clusters of tiny white flowers with 5 petals and bristly hairs. The blade-like leaves are on stems reaching is up to 2 feet in height. Blooms April to June.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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