Solidago missouriensis

(Smooth Goldenrod)


Solidago missouriensis, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 3953


Solidago missouriensis, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 3956

Scientific Name Solidago missouriensis USDA PLANTS Symbol SOMI2
Common Name Smooth Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36277
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3700 to 10000 ft.); stream banks, roadsides, rocky slopes, open areas.
Plant: Erect perennial with single or many stems growing in clumps; stems 6 to 35 inches tall, stout, hairless.
Leaves: Lower leaves on long, winged petioles, oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate from 2 to 4 inches (or more) long; upper leaves becoming shorter, lanceolate to linear with ciliate edges, the upper third may be serrate; smooth surfaces.
Inflorescence: Panicles about 8 inches long of many (10 to 200+) very small composite flower heads; each flower with 5 to 14 bright yellow rays and 8 to 20 central disk florets; green phyllaries with blunt or pointed tips.
Bloom Period: July to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
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