For a description of the general characteristics of this taxon, see Bearded cryptantha. Recently Cryptantha barbigera has been separated into the more common var. barbigera and the less common var. fergusoniae which seems to be fairly localized around the Coachella Valley. The Jepson Manual 2nd edition will contain more of the specific information that can discriminate between these two taxa, but the major difference appears to lie in the size of the corolla, with var. fergusoniae being the larger and easily mistaken for the large-flowered Cryptantha intermedia. Whereas var. barbigera has corollas of 1-3(4) mm diameter, var. fergusoniae has corollas of 6-8 mm. Both of these taxa grow in sandy or gravelly places and bloom from February to May.
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2) barbigera 3) fergusoniae.
Pronunciation: kryp-TAN-tha bar-BIJ-er-a fir-gus-OWN-ee-ee.
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