CPC Plant Profile: Sunnyside Green-gentian
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Sunnyside Green-gentian (Frasera gypsicola)

Flowers of Frasera gypsicola Photo Credit: Frank Smith
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Gentianaceae
  • State: NV, UT
  • Nature Serve ID: 150536
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 12/01/2021

Frasera gypsicola is primarily found on Pleistocene gypsum spring mounds in Nevada. It is a pale green perennial forb with a short, wide root-crown from which arise many branches pressed tightly together. Leaves are always opposite, close-together and grass-like and form a mound at the plants base. Flowers are white and freckled purple above the greenish, linear gland on the lower half of the petal (Smith 2000). It is not federally listed.

Participating Institutions
Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known only from a small area of southeastern Nevada and adjacent southwestern Utah. Restricted to barren, mineral-encrusted soils.

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Road development Livestock trampling Grazing by antelope OHVs

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

44,500 individuals or more (numbers from 2000 report, Smith) occur in Nevada. Unknown number of individuals in Utah.

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Current knowledge and conservation status of Fraseria gypsicola Barneby(Gentianaceae), the Sunnyside green gentian, in Nevada. By Smith 2000

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010


Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Ex-situ seed conservation Propagation protocol development Habitat protection Reintroduction research Continued monitoring of populations.

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Seed conservation Propagation protocol development Reintroduction research


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Taxon Frasera gypsicola
Authority (Barneby) D.M. Post
Family Gentianaceae
CPC Number 1943
ITIS 502654
Common Names Sunnyside Green-gentian | Sunnyside frasera | Sunnyside elkweed
Associated Scientific Names Frasera gypsicola | Swertia gypsicola
Distribution Nye and White Pine Counties in Nevada.Millard County, Utah.
State Rank
State State Rank
Nevada S2
Utah S1

In Nevada, Frasera gypsicola occurs on white calcareous barrens, in a saline bottom environment on the periphery and within an ecotype of Rocky Mountain juniper, and in association with a barberry community and a rabbitbrush community in an area of many springs. The elevations range from 5190 to 5500 feet. In Utah, the species was collected in a Sarcobatus-Atriplex community at an elevation of about 5610 feet (Smith, 2000).

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