To identify the Wrinkled Goldenrod, look for a tall upright
perennial plant; smooth to hairy stems; freely branched upward
the stem; Pre- ferred habitat is stream banks and moist
woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region, except
directly at seashore.
The leaves are elm-like and rough to the touch; widest
at the middle (elliptic); short leaf stalks; toothed margins;
sunken veins; wrinkled in appearance. Leaf base graduates to
a wedge shape. Tip is pointed and curved at slightly less than
a right angle. Basal leaves are large.
Flowers are typical goldenrod in a panicle at the end of
the flowering stem; symmetrical in shape and arrangement. Disc
flowers are bisexual and yellow. Ray flowers are yellow and female
only. Flowers occur in early autumn.