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Oreocarya gypsophila

Oreocarya revealii

Oreocarya revealii
Oreocarya revealii. Synonym: Cryptantha gypsophila. (Reveal's Cat's Eye)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)

Semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Big Gypsum Valley, May 5, 2010.

Oreocarya revealii grows in lovely clusters to sixteen inches in diameter and nine inches tall.  The plant at left is six inches wide and four inches tall.  Notice last year's dried flower stems at the base of the plant. 

Oreocarya revealii is a rare plant, found only in Mesa, Montrose, San Miguel, and Dolores Counties of west-central Colorado.  The plant is being carefully protected by various agencies.

James Reveal and C. Rose Bloome named this plant Cryptantha gypsophila in 2006 from specimens they collected in the gypsum formations of far western Colorado. William Weber and many other botanists place this plant in the genus Oreocarya. Weber also gave the plant a new specific epithet honoring Reveal, one of the most respected botanists of our time. (Click for biographical information about Reveal.)

Oreocarya revealii

Oreocarya revealii. Synonym: Cryptantha gypsophila. (Reveal's Cat's Eye)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)

Semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Big Gypsum Valley, May 5, 2010.

Oreocarya revealii is very similar to O. paradoxa and can, in the words of Reveal and Bloome, be "distinguished from the related and more widespread Oreocarya paradoxa... [by its] leaf blades with a glabrous upper surface and a lower surface with conspicuously pustulate-based bristles rather than uniformly sericeous-strigose to villous leaf blade surfaces".

Oreocarya revealii

Oreocarya revealii. Synonym: Cryptantha gypsophila. (Reveal's Cat's Eye)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)

Semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Big Gypsum Valley, May 5, 2010.

Oreocarya revealii

Oreocarya revealii. Synonym: Cryptantha gypsophila. (Reveal's Cat's Eye)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)

Semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Big Gypsum Valley, May 5, 2010.

Unusual soils give rise to unusual plants. A number of new species have been found in these gypsum hills.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Species present in state and native
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Species present and not rare
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Cryptantha gypsophila

Range map for Oreocarya revealii