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Gilmania luteola, Goldencarpet
Scientific Name:Gilmania luteola Common Name: Goldencarpet
Also Called: Golden-carpet Gilmania
Family:Polygonaceae, Buckwheat Family
Synonyms: (Phyllogonum luteolum)
Status:Native to California.
Duration:Annual Size: Up to 6" or so by 8" wide, more or less.
Growth Form:Forb/herb; decumbent; glabrous or sparsely hairy.
Leaves: Green; basal and cauline in whorls or 3; leaf shape spathulate, up to ⅓" wide attached to a ¾" petiole.
Flower Color: Greenish-yellow; inflorescence, terminal, cyme-like; flowers 3 to 9, sepals and petals collectively referred to as a perianth; fruit an achene.
Flowering Season: February to May
Elevation: 30 to 1,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Alkaline barrens, slopes and flats, chenopod scrub communities.
Recorded Range:Gilmania luteola is very rare in the United States where it's entire distribution is limited Death Valley National Park, Inyo, County, southeast California.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Gilmania luteola.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information:Gilmania luteola is a species of conservation concern in California. [State Rank: S2: Imperiled; Global Rank: G2: Imperiled.]
Genus Information:Gilmania is limited in distribution to southeastern California in Inyo County. This is a monotypic genus with 1 taxa. USDA Plants.gov has 1 species in Gilmaina with 1 accepted taxa overall. The Plant List shows 1 genus for Gilmania as Phyllogonum luteolum, a synonym of Gilmania luteola.
Comments:Gilmania luteola is very rare in the United States where it is known from fewer than twenty occurrences in Death Valley National Monument and Park.