Cryptantha subcapitata - Dorn & Lichvar
Owl Creek Miner's Candle
Other English Common Names: Wallowa Cryptantha
Other Common Names: Wallowa cryptantha
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Cryptantha subcapitata Dorn & Lichvar (TSN 501828)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.155343
Element Code: PDBOR0A3F0
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Borage Family
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Dicotyledoneae Lamiales Boraginaceae Cryptantha
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Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Cryptantha subcapitata
Taxonomic Comments: Distinct.
Conservation Status
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NatureServe Status

Global Status: G2
Global Status Last Reviewed: 08Oct2004
Global Status Last Changed: 08Oct2004
Rounded Global Status: G2 - Imperiled
Reasons: A narrow endemic of the Owl Creek Mountains and northern Wind River Basin in central Wyoming. Restricted to outcrops of the Wind River Formation. This edaphic endemic is intrinsically rare (it is very likely a neoendemic) and is currently known from 5 occurrences. It may be locally common within a restricted area.
Nation: United States
National Status: N2

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
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United States Wyoming (S2)

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NatureServe Global Conservation Status Factors

Range Extent Comments: Narrow endemic of the Owl Creek and Bridger Mountains in the vicinity of Boysen Reservoir and the northern Wind River Basin in Fremont County, Wyoming.

Number of Occurrences: 1 - 5
Number of Occurrences Comments: Five known sites.

Population Size Comments: A guess.

Overall Threat Impact Comments: Unknown.

Intrinsic Vulnerability Comments: Unknown.

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Distribution
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Global Range: Narrow endemic of the Owl Creek and Bridger Mountains in the vicinity of Boysen Reservoir and the northern Wind River Basin in Fremont County, Wyoming.

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces

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State County Name (FIPS Code)
WY Fremont (56013)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
10 Upper Wind (10080001)+*, Little Wind (10080002)+*, Lower Wind (10080005)+, Badwater (10080006)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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Basic Description: A perennial herb that produces mats of narrow, densely hairy, silvery leaves. Flowering stems, 5-15 cm tall, bear terminal, head-like clusters of 5-lobed, tubular white flowers. Blooms May-June.
Terrestrial Habitat(s): Bare rock/talus/scree, Desert, Grassland/herbaceous
Habitat Comments: Rocky or sandy-gravelly dry slopes and ridges of the Wind River Sandstone Formation.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Viability
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 28Feb1987
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: MARRIOTT, H. (rev. W. Fertig/K. Maybury 6/96)

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References
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  • Andersen, M.D. and B. Heidel. 2011. HUC-based species range maps. Prepared by Wyoming Natural Diversity Database for use in the pilot WISDOM application operational from inception to yet-to-be-determined date of update of tool.

  • Dorn, R. D. 1989. Report on the status of Cryptantha subcapitata, a Candidate Threatened species. Unpublished report prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Mountain West Environmental Services, Cheyenne, WY.

  • Dorn, R. D. 1992. Vascular Plants of Wyoming, second edition. Mountain West Publishing, Cheyenne, WY.

  • Dorn, R. D. 2001. Vascular Plants of Wyoming, third edition. Mountain West Publishing, Cheyenne, WY.

  • Dorn, R. D. and R. W. Lichvar. 1981. A new species of Cryptantha (Boraginaceae) from Wyoming. Madroņo 28:159-162.

  • Dorn, R.D. 1988. Vascular plants of Wyoming. Mountain West Publishing, Cheyenne, WY. 340 pp.

  • Dorn, R.D. 1989. Report on the status of Cryptantha subcapitata, a candidate Threatened species. Unpublished report prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Dorn, R.D., and R.W. Lichvar. 1981. A new species of Cryptantha (Boraginaceae) from Wyoming. Madrono 28: 159-162.

  • Evert, E. F. 2010. Vascular Plants of the Greater Yellowstone Area: Annotated Catalog and Atlas. Park Ridge, IL.

  • Fertig, W. 2000. State Species Abstract: Cryptantha subcapitata. Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. Available on the internet at www.uwyo.edu/wyndd.

  • Fertig, W. 1993. Field survey for Cryptantha subcapitata, Physaria eburniflora, and Sphaeromeria simplex on Bur. of Land Management lands in central Wyoming. Prepared for the Casper District, Bur. Land Management by the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie. 116 pp.

  • Fertig, W. 1993. Field survey for Cryptantha subcapitata, Physaria eburniflora, and Sphaeromeria simplex on Bureau of Land Management lands in Central Wyoming. Unpublished report prepared for the Casper District, Bureau of Land Management by the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, WY.

  • Fertig, W. 1993. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service candidate plant species of Wyoming. Unpublished report prepared for Wyoming Weed and Pest Supervisor's meeting in Cody, WY, March 1993.

  • Fertig, W. and G. Jones. 1997. Plant species of special concern and plant associations of the Copper Mountain ecosystem, Fremont County, Wyoming. Unpublished report prepared for the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office by the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, WY.

  • Fertig, W. and R. Thurston. 2003. Modeling the potential distribution of BLM Sensitive and USFWS Threatened and Endangered plant species in Wyoming. Unpublished report prepared for the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office by the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, WY.

  • Fertig, W., C. Refsdal, and J. Whipple. 1994. Wyoming Rare Plant Field Guide. Wyoming Rare Plant Technical Committee, Cheyenne, WY.

  • Fertig, W., C. Refsdal, and J. Whipple. 1994. Wyoming rare plant field guide. Wyoming Rare Plant Technical Committee, Cheyenne. No pagination.

  • Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

  • Marriott, H.J. 1992. Field survey for Claytonia lanceolata var. flava, Cryptantha subcapitata and Shoshonea pulvinata in the Owl Creek and southeastern Absaroka Mountains. Prepared for the Bureau of Land Management by the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, WY.

  • Neighbours, M. and H. Marriott. 1991. Candidate sensitive plant species, Platte River Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management. Prepared for the BLM by the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Laramie, WY.

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