Verga d'oro marina, Verga d’oro delle sabbie, Italian Sand Dune Goldenrod

Solidago litoralis Savi (Due Cent. Piante Fl. Etrusca. 182. 1804) occurs on sand dunes in a small coastal area of northwestern peninsula Italy. The species is readily distinguished from S. virgaurea by its moderately densely short strigose hairs on the stems, leaves, and large involucres.  Garbari and Cecchi (2000) lectotypified the name and discussed its distribution, ecology, karyology, and hypothesized that it was possibly post glacial in origin via isolation and divergence from S. virgaurea.  The species is diploid 2n=18.

Solidago litoralis range draft JCS

Solidago littoralis Savi ex Pers. (1806) and Solidago virgaurea L. var. littoralis (Savi ex Pers.) DC. (1836) are synonyms based on a later orthographic variant of the name.

In a multivariate study of S. ser. Solidago, S. litoralis was statistically supported as distinct from other species in the series including S. virgaurea (Semple et al. 2020).  Involucres were larger in S. litoralis and it is the only species in ser. Solidago that has a dense indument of short hairs on the stems, leaves and outer phyllaries.

Multiple images of the species are posted on line including this set.