Solidago latissimifolia  (S. elliottii) coastal goldenrod; elliot’s goldenrod Asteraceae SOEL; Q; R;

 

Solidago latissimifolia. Mary Walker.New England Wild Flower society.gobotany.newengland.org

Solidago latissimifolia. Mary Walker.New England Wild Flower society.gobotany.newengland.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Solidago latissimifolia is a perennial herb 1-3 m tall, (NYS S1, E), colonial from long, creeping rhizomes; stems stout, mostly hairless, except in inflorescence. 

Leaves alternate, stalkless, few or no basal leaves, blade elliptic, 6-15 cm long, 1.5-3.5 cm wide, rather smooth, margins toothed on lower leaves, upper leaves often untoothed, veins pinnate, (not 3-veined). 

Flowers yellow, of two types in small heads, rays 6-10, to 0.1 cm wide, disk flowers 4-7, 0.4-0.5 cm long, bracteate base of head 0.4-0.6 cm tall, bracts straw-color with translucent midrib; Inflorescence pyramid-shaped, leafy, branched from a central axis at top of stem, flowers along one side of branch, blooms Sept.-Oct (Hough 1983). 

Fruit dry achenes hairy, nearly 0.2 cm long, plume 0.3-05 cm. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Freshwater or brackish swamps along coast.