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    "Solidago" is from the Latin "solidus" meaning "whole" or "solid", referring to the plant's supposed ability to heal. Linnaeus named this genus in 1753.  "Goldenrod" is a common name applied to all Solidagos.
Solidago missouriensis
Solidago missouriensis (Missouri Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Meadows, woodlands, openings. Summer, fall.
Fish Creek Trail, August 9, 2005.

Solidago missouriensis is a summer and early fall golden yellow at low and medium montane elevations. It is found singly but more often in clusters because it is rhizomatous, i.e., just below ground there are horizontal stems, root-like structures which give rise to new plants.

Thomas Nuttall named and described this species in 1834 from a collection that his friend Nathaniel Wyeth made in 1833 on the upper branches of the Missouri River.

Solidago missouriensis

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Meadows, woodlands, openings. Summer, fall.
Fish Creek Trail, August 9, 2005.

Arching flower branches are common. Notice the several other flower clusters in the background. As indicated above, S. missouriensis is rhizomatous, so there are often are groupings of plants.

                              Solidago missouriensis

Solidago missouriensis

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Meadows, woodlands, openings. Summer, fall.
Fish Creek Trail, August 9, 2005.

Leaves and stems are glabrous. Leaves have a strong central vein and two parallel veins, but the latter, as here, are often very faint. Leaf shape varies from narrowly lanceolate, to elliptic, to oblanceolate.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Solidago missouriensis

Range map for Solidago missouriensis