Synonym:  Solidago speciosa  Nutt. var. erecta (Banks ex Pursh) MacMill.
   
Synonym:  Solidago porteri  Small

              

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Perennials.  Stems are usually solitary, from a branched caudex, glabrous toward the base, becoming short pubescent within the inflorescence.  Typical height 2 to 3 ft. (6 to 9 dm).

The overall inflorescence is narrow and elongate.  Flower heads are found in small clusters in leaf axils.  There may also be a few longer, ascending branches.  At least the lowest clusters are separated by somewhat longer internodes, giving the inflorescence an "interrupted" appearance. 

Flower heads are radiate, not arranged one-sided on branches.  Ray florets are yellow, pistillate and fertile.  Disc florets are yellow, bisexual and fertile.  Involucral bracts are appressed, glabrous.

Basal and lower stem leaves may be present at flowering.  Stem leaves are smaller than basal leaves, and become progressively smaller upward along the stem.

Plants of dry woods, open, disturbed areas and roadsides.  Flowers late August through September.  Native.  (Rare in northeastern states.  Most likely found in coastal areas.)

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Similar species:  Solidago puberula.

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