Solidago simplex (Mountain Goldenrod) - photos and description

Solidago simplex
15 cm ruler for scale

Solidago simplex

Solidago simplex

Solidago simplex

Solidago simplex

Solidago simplex
Stem leaf in above photo

Solidago simplex
Basal leaf in above photo

Solidago simplex

General: Perennials with a tufted growth habit, stems decumbent to erect, simple, often reddish in colour. Stems puberulent.

Flowers: Inflorescence is a narrow, cylindrical panicle. An individual flower was measured at 6 mm long and 9 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, reduced upwards, the basal leaves with rounded teeth, basal leaf highlighted in above photo was 11.5 cm long (including petiole) and 14 mm wide. Leaves puberulent.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured plants to 49 cm tall.

Habitat: Grasslands and open woods in southern Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the guides we use as Solidago spathulata.

Similar species: This plant might be mistaken for Solidago missouriensis, another low-growing Goldenrod. However, that plant's stems are glabrous, and its inflorescence is not as narrow / is more spreading.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos August 12th, meadow in aspen woods, about 250 km east our home in Regina, SK.