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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Solidago wrightii - Wright's goldenrod

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Solidago wrightii is a tall, erect herb with large sprays of yellow flowers. There are frequently many stems arising from the base. The leaves are broader than those of other goldenrods. The leaves are supposed to be one-nerved but is difficult to see.
Identification notes: Stem leaves are relatively uniform in size; flowers on all sides of the inflorescence; stems minutely hairy; disk flowers more numerous than ray flowers distinguish this from other Solidago sp.
Height: 3 to 4 feet


Habitat Description: Grows in dry areas, hillsides; oak, juniper and pine woods.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3200 - 8800 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Aug - Oct
Description: Can produce as many as 140 small yellow flower heads in a large spike at the top of the plant. Disc and ray florets are bright yellow.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The lance-shaped leaves are relatively broad and tend to have very short petioles.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Small achenes with pappus of five or so bristles that are minutely barbed.

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