Solidago decurrens Loureiro (1790) is the common species of goldenrod native to eastern and southern China, South Korea, Taiwan and much of Japan. Its range also includes a bit of northern Vietnam and the northern Philippines. The range overlaps with four other native species in eastern Asia. It has smaller heads than S. dahurica; its leaf bases taper rather than being truncate as in S. kurilensis ( synonym S. nipponica); it is usually much taller than S. minutissima, and its lower leaves are much larger than the upper leaves unlike S. yokusaiana whose serrate upper leaves are less reduced. The fruit body is normally hairless. It is also likely related to the rare S. horieana of Hokkaido, Japan.
It was treated as a distinct species in the English version of the Flora of China (Chen & Semple 2011).
The species was divided into three varieties based in part on results of a multivariate study of S. ser. Solidago by Semple et al. (2020): var. decurrens, var. insularis (Kitamura) Semple, and var. praeflorens ((Nakai) Kitamura. Var. decurrens occurs over nearly all the range of the species, blooms in the summer and fall, ranges from (14-)21-131 cm in height with the tallest plants often loosing lower stem leaves by the flowering time. Var. insularis occurs along the Ryukyo Arch, blooms from January to May, and above ground portions of the stem persist with leaves clustered on lower portions of more recent growth. Var. praeflorens occurs on the Izu archipelago, stems are short, and cypselae are strigose distally. Further study is var. insularis and var. praeflorens is needed. Sakaguchi et al. (2018) found some molecular differentiation among the varieties, although they did not follow the nomenclature presented here.
Synonyms: Solidago cantoniensis Loureiro neotype same as holotype of A. leiocarpa (Semple et al. 2020); Amphirhapis leiocarpa Benth. in Hook.f., Lond. J. Bot. 1: 488. 1842; S. virgaurea L. ssp. leiocarpa (Bentham) Hultén, Fl. Aleut. 315. 1937; Solidago virga-aurea L. var. glabriuscula Clarke, Comp. Ind. 35. 1876; S. virgaurea var. leiocarpa (Bentham) A. Gray, Mem. Amer. Acad. n.s. 6(2): 395. 1859. non Miq. (1861); S. japonica Kitm., Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 1932; Solidago virgaurea ssp. asiatica Kitamura, Mem. Coll. Sci. Kyoto Univ. Ser. B. 13: 398. 1937. nom. nud.; S. virgaurea var. paludosa Honda, Bot. Mag. Tokyo 40: 95. 1937; S. virgaurea ssp. asiatica