Southern Rough-leaved Goldenrod

Solidago salicina Ell. was treated as S. patula ssp. strictula (Torr. & A. Gray) Semple in Flora North America (Semple & Cook 2006 FNA); the name S. salicina was note listed as a synonym. Like S. patula, S. salicina has finely scabrous leaves and striate-ridged stems, but the upper stem leaves a more numerous and smaller.  Based on a multivariate morphometric analysis, Semple et al. (2012) concluded that the southeastern U.S. member of the S. patula complex was sufficiently distinct that it should be treated as a separate species. The species was placed in S. subsect. Patulae Semple & J.B. Beck in S. sect. Argutae by Semple and Beck (2021) based on unpublished DNA sequence data.  The two species were included in a multivariate analysis of S. sect. Argutae by Semple et al. (2021).  This species is known to be diploid in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Solidago salicina range after Semple et al 2012