CPC Plant Profile: Lone Mesa Snakeweed
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Lone Mesa Snakeweed (Gutierrezia elegans)

Description
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: CO
  • Nature Serve ID: 821145
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Subshrub, 7.5-12.5 cm high. The species is quite lovely and dainty in its symmetrical abundance of long-lived, bright, yellow flowers.

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Updates
Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Know only from a small area in Dolores County, Colorado.

A. Schneider & P. Lyon, Mary VB Goshorn
  • 01/01/2010

The species may be threatened by oil and gas development, seismic testing, excessive or repeated erosion, motorized recreation, over-grazing, water development, and climate change (Panjabi et al. 2011).

A. Schneider & P. Lyon, Mary VB Goshorn
  • 01/01/2010

One large occurrence has been documented. Approximately 31,000 individuals have been documented.

A. Schneider & P. Lyon, Mary VB Goshorn
  • 01/01/2010

Unknown

A. Schneider & P. Lyon, Mary VB Goshorn
  • 01/01/2010

On both BLM and USFS Sensitive Species lists

A. Schneider & P. Lyon, Mary VB Goshorn
  • 01/01/2010

Unknown

A. Schneider & P. Lyon, Mary VB Goshorn
  • 01/01/2010

Unknown

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Nomenclature
Taxon Gutierrezia elegans
Authority A. Schneider & P. Lyon
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 44596
ITIS
USDA GUEL2
Common Names Lone Mesa Snakeweed
Associated Scientific Names Gutierrezia elegans
Distribution This species is known only from Dolores County, Colorado.
State Rank
State State Rank
Colorado S1
Habitat

Outcrops of Mancos shale and thin soil over shale (Schneider et al. 2008). Pinus ponderosa and pinyon-juniper occur on surrounding slopes (Schneider et al. 2008).

Ecological Relationships

Unknown

Pollinators
Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Reintroduction
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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