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Pine barrens, in wet or dry soil.
Chiefly on the coastal plain from NJ south to FL and LA.
Herbaceous perennial from long creeping rhizomes; stems 70-150 cm, stout, spreading hirsute at least above the middle; leaves mainly cauline, numerous, crowded, hirsute below along the midrib and less densely so between the veins, less hairy and often glabrous above, sessile, broad-based and somewhat clasping, lance-ovate to elliptic-oblong, weakly serrulate to subentire, the larger ones up to 12 cm long and 3.5 cm wide; inflorescence paniculiform, usually dense, with recurved-secund branches; involucres glabrous, 3.5-5 mm; involucral bracts thin and slender; rays 7-12, small; disk flowers 4-7; achenes short-hairy.
Flowers September to October
Wetland indicator: FACW
The cauline leaves of this species remind me of Solidago rigida but the inflorescence is quite different. Photographed in southern NJ.
Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
Michael Hough © 2018