Solidago flexicaulis L. - Broadleaf Goldenrod

Solidago flexicaulis plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Solidago flexicaulis stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Solidago flexicaulis leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Solidago flexicaulis inflorescencePortion of inflorescence.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Solidago flexicaulis flowers

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Rich woods, north-facing steep slopes.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This Goldenrod species may be the easiest of the species to identify in the field. The cauline leaves are the broadest of the genus in Missouri and are often nearly orbicular. The coarsely-toothed leaf margins are distinctive also. The stems of the species commonly have a zig-zag growth pattern, hence the species epithet "flexicaulis" which means "bent stem."
This plant can be found throughout most of Missouri but is absent from the prairie regions of the west-central portion of the state and also in the extreme southeastern counties.

Photographs taken at the Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, 9-7-03.


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