Solidago leiocarpa DC. - Alpine Goldenrod


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Solidago leiocarpa - (image 1 of 7)



Family: Asteraceae


Synonymous with S. cutleri Fernald


Alpine meadows.




ME and Quebec to NY at high elevations.


Herbaceous perennial from a branched caudex; stems 5-35 cm, hirtellous-puberulent in the inflorescence; leaves crowded near the base, the larger ones mostly oblanceolate or spatulate to elliptic, rounded to acute, toothed; inflorescence corymbiform or elongate and leafy-bracteate in larger plants; involucres 5-9 mm, glabrous or finely atomiferous-glandular; involucral bracts firm, imbricate, obtuse or somewhat acute; flowers 30-50 per head; rays 10-13; achenes hairy.


Flowers late July to September

Wetland indicator: NA

Endemic to northeastern North America. Restricted in NY to alpine summits in the Adirondacks. The specific epithet means smooth fruited although the achenes are hairy.


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