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Solidago nemoralis

Solidago nemoralis Aiton

 

Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSolidagoFrom Latin solido, “to make whole or heal,” because it was believed these species had healing properties
Speciesnemoralis"Pertaining to woods or groves" (from Stearn's Botanical Latin)

About plant names...

Gray or field goldenrod is a native of North America. For a comparison chart of some of the varieties of goldenrods, see Solidago.

Identification: Plants are 6-30" (15-76 cm) tall, smaller than many goldenrods. The main stem is reddish or gray-green, with short grayish-white hairs. Leaves are gray-green, alternate, lance-like (“lanceolate”) or sometimes oval, up to 4" (10 cm) × ¾" (1.9 cm), becoming smaller higher on the stem. They are serrated or sometimes smooth. When the serrations are present, they are “crenate-serrate”—sometimes rounded, sometimes sharp-edged. At the base of each leaf there are often two side-pointing smaller leaflets (“wings”). Fine hairs on the leaves make them feel somewhat rough, like fine sandpaper. Flowerheads may be narrow, or wider at the base; they are 3-10" (7.6-25 cm) long × 1-4" (2.5-10 cm) wide. Individual flowers are less than ¼" (6.3 mm) around, with 4-9 ray flowers and 3-10 disk florets.

Edibility: Not edible.

Online References:

Solidago nemoralis on Missouriplants.com

Solidago nemoralis at Illinois Wildflowers

Solidago nemoralis on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Solidago nemoralis at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Solidago nemoralis on Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses

References:

Newcomb, Lawrence, Morrison, Gordon (Illus.), Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, 1977, p. p. 446

Peterson, Roger Tory, McKenny, Margaret, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, p. 194

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/22/2012 · Squanacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/30/2012 · Orange Trail, Willard Brook State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/22/2012 · Squanacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/30/2012 · Orange Trail, Willard Brook State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Solidago nemoralis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 May 2016.

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Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/22/2012 · Squanacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

9/14/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm) ID is uncertain

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/22/2012 · Squanacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/22/2012 · Squanacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/30/2012 · Orange Trail, Willard Brook State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

8/30/2012 · Orange Trail, Willard Brook State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

9/14/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod, Field Goldenrod)

10/24/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt ID is uncertain

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