Wand Goldenrod / Slender Goldenrod
Willow-leaf Goldenrod
Solidago stricta
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

 

Plant is an upright, generally unbranched, perennial herb; 3 - 6 feet tall; thick, lance-like basal leaves that are drastically reduced upwards. Preferred habitat is moist places, seashore, edge of marshy areas and damp roadsides. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem; no teeth and no lobes, but may occasionally have scattered teeth.  Stem leaves clasp the stem in a scale-like fashion.

Flower heads may have 3 - 7 ray flowers and 8 - 12 disc flowers. The pappus is a single circle of bristles. The style has flattened branches that are smooth inside and finely hairy outside.  Bracts subtending the flower overlap and are of varying length. Flowers occur in the summer and early autumn.

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

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