Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
This is a split of the former Solidago stricta, as are S. gracillima and S. virgata. All of these species are "wand-like", having very slender, spike-like inflorescences. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21 (2006)
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-49-013?:
Solidago stricta FAMILY Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Carolina Goldenrod, Beautiful Goldenrod
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_solidago_pulchra1
September Onslow County NC
Ray flowers 8-13 per head; disk flowers 14-25 per head. Plants to 1m tall, per Weakley's Flora (2015).
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas
Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)
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Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
Leaves basally disposed (basal & lower stem leaves larger, petiolate, & usually persistent); middle and upper stem leaves smaller & less petiolate
Basal & alternate, rapidly reduced and appressed to the stem upward
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads in elongate cylindrical inflorescences or in paniculiform inflorescences with heads secund on the branches
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