Krameria grayi  Ratany
SUBSHRUB.  A low, creeping shrub with crowded leaves that are slightly silky-hairy.  Light magenta flowers bloom in April, followed by spherical, fuzzy, spiny fruits.  Lower lip of flower is flat and pointed.  Plants shade and stabilize the soil, and provide shelter for reptiles.  In the Empires, locally common on steep ungrazed hillsides in encinal and desert grassland, among granite tors and other large rock outcrops.  K. erecta is similar but the flowers have a dark, pouchlike lower lip and the seedpods are green with red prickles.
FAMILY:  Krameriaceae