Solidago arguta Ait. var. caroliniana Gray

Locations ofSolidago arguta Ait. var. caroliniana Gray in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Solidago arguta Ait. var. caroliniana Gray
Common Name
Atlantic Goldenrod
Solidago vaseyi (A. Gray) A. Heller
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Solidago arguta Aiton var. caroliniana A. Gray
Map is incomplete at this time, pending the additional herbarium work needed to map the vars. of this species. See comments under the species-level map of Solidago arguta (sensu lato) and S. arguta var. arguta. The two vars. appear to be largely sympatric in Virginia and can be difficult to distinguish. The pubescence on achenes of var. caroliniana is highly variable, sometimes restricted to the uppermost portion of the achene, but more often present generally over the surface. Even so, it can be very sparse to uniform, and long or short. Early-flowering specimens and specimens with immature fruit may not be identifiable to variety. Previous studies of the Virginia Flora (Johnson (1995); Castanea 60:114-140.) attributed var. boottii to the state. As now applied (pubescent achenes but with strigose or stigilose leaves), Virginia plants do not conform and the variety is said to range from SC southward and westward. Most specimens so annotated are treated here as var. caroliniana.

Although Flora of the Southeastern U.S. (Weakley et al. 2023) treats the vars. of Solidago arguta as species, we are retaining the traditional varietal treatment here pending further study of the variation in these plants.
Mesic to dry upland forests, woodlands, barrens, clearings, and meadows. The species is common in the mountains and infrequent in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; var. caroliniana appears to be most frequent across the southern half of the state.
Native Status

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