Solidago subsect. Glomeruliflorae

(Torrey & A. Gray) A. Gray

in A. Gray et al., Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 1(2): 145. 1884.

Basionym: Solidago sect. Glomeruliflorae Fl. N. Amer. 2: 197. 1842
Synonyms: Leioligo subg. Breviligula Rafinesque Solidago (sect. Undefined) ser. Glomeruliflorae (Torrey & A. Gray) O. Hoffmann Solidago subg. Pleiactila Rafinesque Axillares Rydberg Flexicaules Mackenzie Macrophyllae Mackenzie
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 125. Mentioned on page 109.

Basal leaves sometimes present in rosettes at flowering, proximalmost cauline petiolate, usually withering by flowering, not 3-nerved. Heads in axillary clusters or in terminal thyrsiform arrays, not nodding or secund. Phyllaries sometimes striate, not stipitate-glandular. Pappus bristles usually in 2 series (inner bristles usually moderately clavate).


e North America (shaded woods and thickets, eastern deciduous forests).


Species 8 (8 in the flora).


1 Stems and leaf faces densely hairy, leaves spatulate to broadly ovate into arrays (rock houses, Kentucky) Solidago albopilosa
1 Stems and leaf faces glabrous or moderately hairy, distal leaves narrowly lanceolate or narrowly elliptic > 2
2 Involucres 8–13 mm; ray florets 5+ or more > 3
2 Involucres (6.5–)7–8 mm; ray florets 5 or fewer > 5
3 Phyllaries attenuate, subequal, 1-nerved; n Quebec and Labrador to n Ontario, s to Catskill Mountains, New York Solidago macrophylla
3 Phyllaries acute to blunt, unequal, 3–10-nerved (at least inner); high elevation s Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia > 4
4 Leaves not fleshy; inner and outer phyllaries 3–10-nerved; flowering late August–early September; mid to high elevations, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Solidago lancifolia
4 Leaves fleshy and rubbery when fresh; inner phyllaries often 3-nerved, outer phyllaries 1-nerved; flowering October; high elevations, North Carolina,Tennessee Solidago glomerata
5 Cypselae glabrous; ray floret 1; Ouachita Mountains, along border of Arkansas andOklahoma Solidago ouachitensis
5 Cypselae sparsely to densely hairy; ray florets (1–)2–5; not restricted to Ouachita Mountains > 6
6 Stems flexuous; proximal mid cauline leaves petiolate, obovate Solidago flexicaulis
6 Stems straight; leaves sessile, lanceolate to elliptic > 7
7 Stems arching, glaucous, strongly anthocyanic; heads secund; proximal to midleaves lanceolate, 50–150 × 8–30 mm Solidago caesia
7 Stems erect, not glaucous, weakly or not anthocyanic; heads not secund; proximal to mid leaves broadly lanceolate to elliptic, 36–180 × 10–60 mm Solidago curtisii
John C. Semple +  and Rachel E. Cook +
(Torrey & A. Gray) A. Gray +
Solidago sect. Glomeruliflorae +
e North America (shaded woods and thickets +  and eastern deciduous forests). +
in A. Gray et al., Syn. Fl. N. Amer. +
cook2002a +
Leioligo subg. Breviligula +, Solidago (sect. Undefined) ser. Glomeruliflorae +, Solidago subg. Pleiactila +, Axillares +, Flexicaules +  and Macrophyllae +
Solidago subsect. Glomeruliflorae +
Solidago sect. Solidago +
subsection +