Ash Meadows gumplant (Grindelia fraxino-pretensis),
a member of the sunflower family, is a 28-40 inch tall woody
perennial herbaceous plant found only near the Inyo county
CA and Nye county NV stateline.
are leathery, dark green, and dotted with resinous glands.
The gumplant sports yellow flowers from October-June. Decline
of the Ash Meadows gumplant is due largely to road construction,
alterations in spring hole and outflow morphometry at six
sites, utilization of land for agricultural purposes, grazing
by cattle and feral horses. It suffered 90% decline in an
area fenced off for grazing horses near Ash Meadows Rancho.
The gumplant is threatened also by the possibility of altering
surface drainage patterns and mining the aquifer which would
reduce or eliminate surface water, lower the water table,
and interfere with ground water recharge. The resulting destruction
of down gradient wetlands would be extremely detrimental to
this and other species of Ash Meadows.