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Solidago gigantea, Aster latissimifolius,
Giant Goldenrod, Smooth goldenrod, Tall goldenrod, Late goldenrod, Early goldenrod

Scientific name:  Solidago gigantea Ait.
Synonym name:  Aster latissimifolius (Mill.) Kuntze var. serotinus Kuntze, Solidago gigantea Aiton var. leiophylla Fernald, Solidago pitcheri Nuttall
Common name:  Giant Goldenrod, Smooth goldenrod, Tall goldenrod, Late goldenrod, Early goldenrod
Family:  Compositae, Daisy family / Asteraceae, Sunflower family

Solidago gigantea, Aster latissimifolius, Giant Goldenrod,  Smooth goldenrod, Tall goldenrod, Late goldenrod, Early goldenrod

Life form:  Perennial forb
Stems:  1'-7' tall, erect
Leaves:  Alternate, narrowly lanceolate-elliptic, margins slightly to sharply toothed; each leaf has 3 veins (a central vein and 2 lateral veins) ; underneath blue-green
Inflorescence:  Broad pyramidal panicles with recurving branches and a central axis
Flowers:  Yellow, ray flowers 8–15; ligules 2–2.5 mm. Disk flowers 7–12; corollas 3–4 mm
Fruits / pods:  Achenes; bullet-shaped, flat-topped, finely pubescent
Flowering Period:  August, September, October, November
Habitat:  Thickets, roadsides, clearings

Solidago gigantea, Aster latissimifolius, Giant Goldenrod,  Smooth goldenrod, Tall goldenrod, Late goldenrod, Early goldenrod


Derivation of the botanical name:
Solidago from Latin solidare, to join," or "to make whole". This indicates that it once had a reputation as a healer.
gigantea, very large, from Giganteus "of or belonging to the giants"
  • The standard author abbreviation Ait. is used to indicate William Aiton (1731 – 1793), a Scottish botanist

Solidago gigantea, Aster latissimifolius, Giant Goldenrod,  Smooth goldenrod, Tall goldenrod, Late goldenrod, Early goldenrod


 
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