Gray Goldenrod
(Eastern Gray Goldenrod - Oldfield Goldenrod)
Solidago nemoralis (Ait.)
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

While Gray Goldenrod has large basal leaves, the overall size of the plant is fairly small; usually no more than 24" tall. The preferred habitat is dry or sandy soil, old pastures, stable dunes, meadows, and dry open woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The basal leaves are larger, petioled, and more prominent than those at midstem and above; the upper surface is rough, with minute spreading hairs on the lower leaf and stem. The blades gradually taper at the base with scattered teeth on the leaf margins. The upward leaves are nearly sessile.

The flowers are panicles or long narrow clusters. Ray flowers number 5-9 per head. Disc flowers number 3-8, dull greenish-yellow, bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is achene (a seed which outer layer is fused to it).

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