Cryptantha muricata (Hooker & Arnott) A. Nelson & J. F. Macbride
Botanical Gazette 61: 42. 1916.

Pronunciation:
Cryp-tán-tha  mu-ri-cà-ta
Etymology:
"muricate," roughened by means of hard points or sharp projections
Synonyms:
Myosotis muricata Hooker & Arnott, The Botany of Captain Beechey’s Voyage: 369. 1840. (Basionym)
Eritrichium muriculatum A. DC., Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis ... (DC.) 10: 132. 1846.
      [non E. muricatum (R. & P.) DC. =Allocarya muricata (R. & P.) Reiche, Plagiobothrys muricatus (R. & P.) I. M. Johnston]
Krynitzkia muriculata (A. DC.) A. Gray, ined., Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 20: 273. 1885.
Cryptantha muriculata (A. DC.) Greene, ined., Pittonia 1: 113. 1887.
Type: 
California. D. Douglas. (Holotype: GH barcode 97575)


Johnston 1925 treatment

Key: to three varieties

   
    Corolla limb 3–8 mm in diameter ................................................................................................................................................. Cryptantha muricata var. muricata

    Corolla limb 1–3.5 mm in diameter

        Stem with an obvious central axis and many densely-flowered branches; nutlets muricate, 1.1–1.3(1.9) mm long ..... Cryptantha muricata var. jonesii

        Stem loosely and sparsely branched, without an obvious central axis; nutlets tuberculate, 1.8–2 mm long .......... Cryptantha muricata var. denticulata


Possible new related taxon