Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Northern Wand Goldenrod - Solidago stricta   Aiton
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DistributionWeakley (2018) indicates that nearly all of the records previously considered as Solidago stricta are now assignable to the newly split Solidago virgata, which see. In the (controversial) revision paper of this group, Semple et al. (2016) cite NC specimens only from Pender and Pitt counties. Until botanists come to some consensus on stricta/virgata, the website editors remain cautious, and know that the range on the map below has little real biological meaning.

Southern NJ south to eastern NC. according to Weakley.
AbundanceWeakley's (2018) map indicates "rare" for the Coastal Plain, based on the fact that Semple et al. (2016) mapped only 2 NC counties. In reality, the editors have no idea if it is fairly common, uncommon, rare, or very rare. For now, a tentative State Rank of S2? is given, but no recommendation for Watch List is made right now.
HabitatMoist to wet Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass savannas and flatwoods. Though such habitats are common in parts of Pender County, as well as locally in Onslow, Carteret, and Craven counties to the north, these habitats are very rare north of the latter two counties (i.e., Croatan National Forest).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-October.
IdentificationWeakley (2020) separates this species from the similar "wand-like" S. austrina by "Lower branches of inflorescence long, divergent in larger specimens", versus "Lower branches of inflorescence long, spreading, curved" in S. austrina. From the pair of S. virgata and S. gracillima, those two have "Leaf margins (of the basal leaves at least) merely scabrous or smooth", versus "Leaf margins (of the basal leaves at least) serrate and also scabrous" in S. stricta. See Semple et al. (2016) for discussion and suggested characters.
Taxonomic CommentsSee comments under Distribution. Most of the previous records for this name have now been treated as S. virgata, newly and controversially split from S. stricta.

Other Common Name(s)Pine Barren Bog Goldenrod
State RankS3? [S2?]
Global RankG5
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