Cristaria Cav.: These two genera are very similar with the exception that the mericarps of Cristaria have no lateral walls at maturity and Lecanophora has. So therefore there has been several crossovers of species between the two genera.
Erect or decumbent occasionally rosette forming perennial herbs or subshrubs to 0.5 m tall. Flowers axillary, solitary or sometimes in terminal racemes or panicles. Epicalyx absent. Corolla lavender. Staminal column included. Styles 15-22, stigmas capitate or truncate. Fruits schizocarpic, oblate or broadly conical. Mericarps 15-22, borne on a bowl shaped carpocrater, lateral walls reticulate, often apically winged or apicaulate, indehiscent or partially dehiscent at apex, single-seeded, single-celled. Endoglossum absent.