The common name of this species refers to its silky-hairy calyx. Photo © 2009 Sierra Pacific Industries.
Silky cryptantha makes its home in the sands and gravels of creek beds in the northern Sacramento Valley. Photo © 2009 Sierra Pacific Industries.
Silky cryptantha has also been found in the foothill grasslands of eastern Tehama and southeastern Shasta counties at elevations up to 1200 m (3937 ft) in dry, stony, volcanic soils with little competing vegetation. Indeed, these upland populations may have been the seed source for the Sacramento valley occurrences. Photo by Don Lepley.
Cryptantha crinita range map.