SOLIDAGO ARGUTA Aiton
FAMILY: Asteraceae (Compositae)
HABIT: Herbaceous perennial from a stout vertical rootstalk,
to 15 dm; flowers late Aug.-Oct.
SIMILAR SPECIES: This species is easily confused with other related
goldenrods, particularly the more common S. juncea. These species are
distinguished by careful examination of mature plants, especially the basal
leaves and rootstalks. The basal leaves of S. juncea are lanceolate or
oblanceolate and tapering to the petiole; those of S. arguta are ovate,
oblong-ovate or ovate-lanceolate and rather abruptly contracted to the petiole.
TOTAL RANGE: The var. arguta occurs from ME to NC,
and W. to OH and MO.
STATE RANGE: The species is only known in Ohio from a 1951 Lawrence
County record and a questionable 1892 Meigs County specimen.
STATE STATUS: 1980-1983: Endangered, 1984 to present:
HABITAT: Rocky open woods, bluffs, fields.
HAZARDS: Possibly overshading by woody species as a result
of succession. The species is intolerant of competition and susceptible to
grazing by deer (Steyermark 1963).
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Collect complete flowering material
and underground part.
COMMENTS: This species has been reported in adjacent West
Virginia and is common in much of its range south of Ohio. It should be sought
throughout southern Ohio.
Fisher, T.R. 1988. The Dicotyledoneae of Ohio. Part 3.
Asteraceae. Ohio State Univ. Press, Columbus. 280 pp.
Radford, A.E., H.E. Ahles and C.R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the
vascular flora of the Carolinas. Univ. of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.
Steyermark, J.A. 1963. Flora of Missouri. The Iowa State
University Press, Ames IA. 1728 pp.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Created: 2/1984 Allison W. Cusick
Revised: 4/1993 Greg Schneider
Database Code: SPNX.K42