Solidago ulmifolia Muhl. - Elm-leaved Goldenrod


 

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Solidago ulmifolia - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Asteraceae  

Habitat

Open woods. Fire adapted

Associates

 

 Distribution

Nova Scotia south o GA and FL, west to MN, KS, and TX.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial to 1.2 m, from a branched caudex, without creeping rhizomes; stems glabrous or nearly so below the inflorescence; leaves mainly cauline, numerous, thin, sharpy serrate, acute or acuminate, short-petiolate or subsessile, hirsute on the lower surface; lower leaves smaller and less persistent than those above; flowers yellow; heads crowded in paniculiform inflorescences; inflorescence branches few, divergent, recurved-secund; rays 3-5(-6); disk flowers 4-7.

Notes

Flowers late July to November

Wetland indicator: UPL

The leaves are similar to those of S. rugosa except they usually taper abruptly to a short petiole. In addition, S. rugosa is rhizomatous with hairy stems and heads with 6-12 ray flowers. Solidago arguta is another similar species but has leaves that are glabrous on the lower surface, lower leaves that are usually more rounded (like S. flexicaulis), heads with 8-20 disk flowers, and glabrous fruit (cypselae).

References

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

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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