Cryptantha barbigera  Bristly Hiddenflower
ANNUAL.  Extremely bristly.  Calyces numerous, crowded when flowering, becoming more spread out on the stem as the seeds ripen.  Flowers tiny, often barely noticeable among the bristles.  Leaves variable but usually long oval, bluntly pointed.  Nutlets 4, all alike, teardrop shaped, tan, dull, covered with raised white tubercles.
FAMILY:  Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not Family)

Cryptantha species have tiny white five-petaled flowers that are often hidden in the urn-shaped bristly calyces that crowd the stem.  Plants are inconspicuous unless they appear in large numbers, as they often do on disturbed ground in early spring.  Several species are usually found growing together, often with Lappula and one or more Pectocarya species.  Most species look very similar and are quite variable in size and growth form depending on availability of water and the age of the plant.  They are difficult to identify, requiring careful examination of the bracts, seeds, and growth habit.