Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Roan Mountain Goldenrod - Solidago roanensis   Porter
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DistributionMountains and uppermost Piedmont.

MD and WV south to GA and AL -- a Southern Appalachian endemic.
AbundanceGenerally common in the Mountains; uncommon in the higher Piedmont ranges.
HabitatDry to mesic soils of montane woodlands and forest openings, balds, outcrops, clearings, roadsides. A widespread goldenrod in the Mountains, not found in rare or specialized habitats.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September.
IdentificationRoan Mountain Goldenrod grows 1-2.5 feet tall, has glabrous stems (except in the upper portion and in the inflorescence), and an elliptical or cylindrical inflorescence with densely arranged heads. Lower leaf blades are elliptical or a lance shape, with winged stalks and sharp marginal teeth; upper leaves are generally stalkless. S. puberula is similar but less densely flowered, and the stem and leaves are downy with very short hairs. It is also much less common, and normally when you encounter a montane goldenrod of wooded borders that has a narrow cylindrical inflorescence, it is most likely to be Roan Mountain Goldenrod.
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Other Common Name(s)None
State RankS4
Global RankG4G5
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