Willow-leaf Goldenrod is also known as Erect Goldenrod
and Slender Goldenrod.
The plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Its preferred
habitat is the edge of pine woods and thickets, and at the margin
of fresh and brackish marshes. It also has a habit among stands
of Rough-Leaf, Tall and Giant Goldenrod. Distribution is occasional
in the Escambia region.
The leaf is smooth, slightly toothed, usually widest beyond
the middle. The tip is rounded or blunt. The leaf base is wedge-shaped
with the blade extending down the leaf stalk to appear winged.
The basal leaves are lance-like on long stalks.
The flowers are often seen as interval clusters along the
stem. The color is paler than most goldenrod species. Ray flowers
number 6 to 9 and all female, each is symmetrical in form. Disc
flowers are bisexual in nature.
Fruit is achene.