Seaside Goldenrod
Solidago sempervirens (L.)
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

The plant is a smooth or hairy perennial with arching grayish stems that may be covered with fine hairs.  Rootstock is a rhizome from which new growth emerges.   Its preferred habitat is fresh and brackish swamps, wet thickets near the coast. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, lance-like, long-pointed, covered with downy hair; short leaf stalks or nearly sessile; crowded; shallow teeth.  Leaf veining is feather-like; leaf base graduates to a long point.

Flower clusters are dense and crowded; rays number 6-12 female, arising from the leaf axil; symmetrical in form, yellow. Disc flowers are bisexual and yellow.

Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is achene.

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