[Cryptanths of the Columbia Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha

Cryptantha spiculifera

Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera

Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera)

Snake River cryptantha blooming along with a diminutive red-flowered thick-leaved thelypody (Thelypodium laciniatum) on slopes near the Columbia River in Klickitat County, WA...............May 16, 2011.

Basal leaf rosette of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera) - Size of the corolla lobes of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera)

Habitat of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera) - Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera)

Basal leaf blades of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera) - Basal leaf blades of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera)

Close-ups of the basal leaf rosette and flowers of Snake River cryptantha as seen on steep slopes along the Columbia River in Klickitat County, WA................May 16, 2011. Generally the basal leaves of this species measure up to 8 mm wide (occasionally up to 10 mm) and have spreading hairs on the margin of the petioles and an acute tip to the leaf. The similar cockscomb cryptanth (Cryptantha celosioides) has basal leaves that measure over 8 mm wide with the blades more spatulate in outline, often with a retuse tip. The corolla lobes of Cryptantha spiculifera generally measure up to 8 mm broad (occasionally up to 10mm) while those of Cryptantha celiosioides generally measure 8-12 mm wide. Both species may be found at this site which complicates identification since plants at this location exhibit characteristics which are intermediate to both.

Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera)

Cockscomb cryptantha as seen on gravelly slopes in the eastern Columbia River Gorge about one mile east of Roosevelt, WA.............April 18, 2010. Note the pollinating gray hairstreak, fly and beetle on the flowers.

Flower of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera) - Basal leaf of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera) - Close-up sideview of the calyx and corolla lobes of Elko Cryptanth, Narrow-leaved Cryptantha, Snake River Catseye, Snake River Cat's Eye, Snake River Cryptantha: Cryptantha spiculifera (Synonyms: Cryptantha interrupta, Oreocarya spiculifera)

Cockscomb cryptantha as seen on gravelly slopes in the eastern Columbia River Gorge in Klickitat County, WA.............April 18, 2010.

Paul Slichter