Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Solidago gigantea Aiton image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Robert W. Freckmann

Robert W. Freckmann

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Asteraceae
Solidago gigantea Aiton
giant goldenrod, late goldenrod, smooth goldenrod
Solidago: from Latin solido, meaning "to make whole or heal" and a reference to the supposed, medicinal qualities of these plants
gigantea: very large, from Giganteus "of or belonging to the giants"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-7' tall forb forming large, dense patches; leafy stems not hairy but often with a whitish bloom
Flower: head with 10-17 tiny, yellow rays; firm, blunt, green bracts (phyllaries); inflorescence a 10" open, spreading cluster with the heads mostly along one side of the often backward-curving, long branches; blooms July-Oct.
Fruit:dry seed with short hairs on fluffy pappus
Leaf:narrow, pointed at both ends, stalkless, all mostly the same size, sharply toothed, and 3-veined
Habitat: dry, moderate moisture, wet; woods, meadows, prairies, shores
Notes: similar to S. canadensis but stems without real hairs and the bracts greener
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Aster latissimifolius (Mill.) Kuntze var. serotinus Kuntze
Solidago gigantea Aiton subsp. serotina (Kuntze) McNeill
Solidago gigantea Aiton var. gigantea
Solidago gigantea Aiton var. leiophylla Fernald
Solidago gigantea Aiton var. pitcheri (Nutt.) Shinners
Solidago gigantea Aiton var. serotina (Kuntze) Cronquist
Solidago gigantea Aiton var. shinnersii Beaudry
Solidago pitcheri Nutt.
Solidago serotina Aiton, non Retz.
Solidago serotinoides A.Löve & D.Löve
Solidago serotina Aiton var. gigantea (Aiton) A.Gray
Solidago shinnersii (Beaudry) Beaudry
Solidago X leiophallax Friesner

         
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