Mojave popcorn flower, golden forget-me-not, yellow catseye, basin yellow cryptantha
Higher elevations of the Mojave Desert, across north Arizona and south Utah
Dry limestone slopes, along washes, open woodland
Oblanceolate, bristly, grey-green, up to 4.5 inches long
Cryptantha confertiflora is common in some high elevation regions of the Mojave Desert of southeast California, extending into north Arizona and south Utah. Elevations range from 4,000 to 8,500 feet. The small, yellow or cream-colored tubular flowers are borne in a compact cluster at the top of a stout, bristly stem, and are supported by equally spiny green sepals; the bristles mixed with thinner, strigose hairs. The corolla opens out to five, backwards-pointing lobes. Flowers become whitish as they mature.
The thin leaves grow mostly around the base, in a dense cluster, but also more sparingly along the stems. Leaves have a covering of short hairs, pressed against the surface. Stems have short, soft hairs near the base, becoming more bristly towards the tip.