Synonym:  Solidago simplex ssp. randii  (Porter) G.S. Ringius
    Synonym:  Solidago simplex var. racemosa  (Greene) G.S. Ringius 

              

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Perennials.  Plants produce 1 or more stems from a branched caudex.  Stems are glabrous toward the base, but become pubescent upwards.  Typical plant height is 1 to 2 ft. (3 to 6 dm).

The overall inflorescence is narrow, 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, and tend to be larger than mid- to upper stem leaves.  In general, leaves are oblanceolate or linear.

Plants of calcareous outcrops and ledges along rivers.  Flowers early August to early September.  Native.

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Similar species:  Solidago randii, S. puberula

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