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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Gilmania
Species: G. luteola
Binomial name
Gilmania luteola
(Coville) Coville

Gilmania luteola (called golden carpet or goldencarpet) is a rare annual plant in the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae).[1]

It is found only on barren alkaline slopes in Death Valley California, especially near Artist's Pallete.[1]

The plant grows in mats very low to the ground.[1] There are only five known occurrences as of 2013.[1] It grows only in very wet years, which rarely occur in the region.

The yellow flowers are quite small, and the plant has greenish-yellowish foliage. It is the only species in the monotypic genus Gilmania.


  1. ^ a b c d Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Pam Mackay, 2nd ed., p 250
  • Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Jon Mark Stewart, 1998, pg. 56

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