Solidago uliginosa Nuttall
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Solidago uliginosa is a
that grows in wet areas and bogs.
It has flowers in a tight tall clump at top of stem and has clasping leaves.
The plant has a long branched caudex.
The genus name
is said to be first from the Latin adjective
solidus that means dense, solid, massive, compact, substantial,
and, in a figurative sense, firm, and from the
Latin verb agere of first person singular present indicative ago
that means something like to do and to make,
so that Solidago would refer to the plant's supposed ability to heal.
An other but somewhat similar origin would be the latin verb solidare
that means to reinforce, to consolidate, and this would refer to the
Solidagos as above.
In Latin, uliginosus means damp, marshy, wet,
a well chosen epithet since
Solidago uliginosa grows in wet areas.
Some of the vernacular names of
Solidago uliginosa are:
Marsh Goldenrod, Bog Goldenrod, Slender Swamp-goldenrod and
Northern Bog Goldenrod.
The French vernacular name is Verge d'or des marais.
Solidago uliginosa has also been known as:
Some botanists recognize several varieties
of Solidago uliginosa:
- Chrysoma uniligulata (DC.) Nutt.
- Solidago chrysolepis Fernald
- Solidago humilis Pursh var. peracuta Fernald
- Solidago linoides Torr. & A.Gray
- Solidago neglecta Torr. & A.Gray
- Solidago purshii Porter
- Solidago uniligulata (DC.) Porter
- Solidago uniligulata (DC.) Porter var. neglecta
(Torr. & A. Gray) Fernald
- Solidago virgaurea L. var. humilis (Pursh) A. Gray
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. jejunifolia (Steele) Boivin
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. levipes (Fern.) Fern.
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. linoides (Torr. & A.Gray)
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. neglecta (Torr. & A.Gray
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. peracuta (Fernald) Friesner
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. terrae-novae (Torr. & Gray)
- Solidago uliginosa Nutt. var. uliginosa Nutt.
Solidago uliginosa is quite typical, with its wand-like plume of flower
heads at the top of the stem, its reddish stem and its wet habitat.
A thickened rootstock of
- Erect, unbranched but at the
- Smooth except near the flower heads.
- Up to 5 feet tall.
- Usually reddish.
- Narrowly elliptic or
- 7 to 15 times as long as wide.
- Pointed at the tip, tapering to the base.
- With or without teeth.
- Up to 3 inches long, and up to 8 inches long for basal leaves;
the upper progressively smaller,
the basal leaves are present at flowering time.
- With a pinnate venation.
- Usually arranged in narrow plumes
2 to 4 inches across, up to 7 inches high.
- Subtended by several narrow, green
- With yellow ray florets with
up to 8 ligules
about 1/4 inch long, that are
perfect and fertile.
- With yellow disk florets.
- Blooming in august in my area, 25 km north of Montréal.
- Pollinated by insects.
- Elongated achenes,
smooth or slightly hairy.
- With a short pappus.
Solidago uliginosa grows in bogs, fens, wetland, open wet areas.
Solidago uliginosa is found it the eastern half of the USA,
somewhat east of the Mississipi river.
It is found in eastern Canada; it is quite common in Québec,
it is the most common Solidago of Abitibi. The map,
from Flora of North America shows the US States
and Canadian provinces where Solidago uliginosa can be found.
The photos of the gallery were taken either with one of the following:
The title in the window shows the date when the picture was taken,
i.e. jan_30_06... would mean that the photo was taken on the 30th of
January, the 06 is for the 6th picture taken that day.
- Fuji Mx 700.
- Minolta DiMAGE 7.
- Nikon 2200.
- EPSON Perfection 1650 (scanner).
The month, day and picture number might be followed by a letter:
and if there is no letter it's obviously the Minolta.
- f for the Fuji.
- n for the Nikon.
- s for the EPSON scanner.
Click on the thumbnails to get larger view.
The original photos are usually in TIFF format,
the photos shown are generally in JPEG format,
usually of dimension one half (surface one quarter)
for loading time reduction.
The two pictures at the right show the plant in winter, in a bog,
somewhat not too difficult to identify by its size and silhouette.
The picture on the right shows a stem with a canker.
Flower heads, fruits