Synonym:  Solidago neglecta  Torr. and A. Gray *

              

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Plants of swamps, marshes, bogs or wet meadows.  Flowers  mid-August to late September.  Native.

Perennials.  Typical plant height is from 3 to 6 feet. Colony-forming from rhizomes.  Stems are glabrous below the inflorescence.

Inflorescences are variable across the range of this species.  In northern populations, inflorescences tend to be club shaped, with relatively short, steeply ascending branches and non-secund heads.  Farther south, populations tend to have broader inflorescences, sometimes pyramidal in outline, with spreading-recurved branches and secund heads.  With regard to other character states, the diverse forms are similar.

Flower heads are radiate.  Ray and disc floret corollas are yellow.

Basal and lower stem leaves may be present at flowering.  They are oblanceolate, and taper to long, winged petioles; partially sheathing stems.  Mid- and upper stem leaves rapidly become smaller upwards. Leaves are glabrous.

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Similar species:  Solidago juncea.  Solidago uliginosa possesses few distinctive characteristics - the sheathing basal and lower stem leaves being most noteworthy exception.  Its mid- and upper stem leaves resemble those of S. juncea.  Like S. juncea it has glabrous stems and leaves, but differs from the other species in having pubescent branches.  Habitat preferences are very different between S. uliginosa (wetlands) and S. juncea (dry, disturbed).

* Additional synonyms:
      Solidago linoides  Torr. and A. Gray
      Solidago purshii  Porter
      Solidago uniligulata  (DC.) Porter

 

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