Synonym:  Solidago macrophylla var. thyrsoidea  (E. Mey.) Fernald

              

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Perennials.  Plants are usually single-stemmed, from short rhizomes, glabrous toward the base, but becoming pubescent upwards.  Typical plant height is 2.0 to 3.5 ft. (6.0 to 10.7 dm).

The overall inflorescence is typically narrow and elongate, leafy-bracted, with short, axillary clusters of flower heads.  Flower heads are not arranged one-sided on branches.  Heads are radiate.  Ray and disc florets are yellow, fertile. 

Basal and lowermost stem leaves may be present at flowering.  All but the uppermost leaves are ovate and borne on petioles.  Petioles become shorter for leaves higher along the stem.

Plants of forests, clearings, ledges, mountain slopes and summits; more commonly at higher elevations (above 2500 feet); northerly.  Flowers late July to late August.  Native..

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Similar species:  Solidago flexicaulis

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