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Zigzag Goldenrod, Broadleaf Goldenrod - Solidago flexicaulis


Family: Asteraceae - Aster family Genus Common Name: Goldenrod Native Status: Native
Solidago flexicaulis - Zigzag Goldenrod, Broadleaf Goldenrod. One of the woodland goldenrods. 'Zigzag' common name, and probably the species name 'flexicaulis' come from the slight change in direction the stem takes at many of the leaf nodes, especially the upper ones. Solidago flexicaulis is listed as Threatened in Rhode Island.

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Solidago flexicaulis

Distribution of Solidago flexicaulis in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 Dec 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2009-October-15Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
The plant is more sparsely populated with yellow blossoms than its full-sun brethren. Blossoms are on a stem-terminating raceme.
Solidago flexicaulis

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-October-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Somewhat unusual ray/disk flower form, but recognizable as a member of the Asteraceae faimily.
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Solidago flexicaulis

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-October-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Leaf of Solidago flexicaulis is sharply toothed, ovate, with winged petioles.
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Solidago flexicaulis

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-November-26Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Zig-zag Goldenrod stands out in the forest in late November because there is very little other greenery around.
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Solidago flexicaulis

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