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    "Solidago" is from the Latin "solidus" meaning "whole" or "solid", referring to the plant's supposed ability to heal. Linnaeus named this genus in 1753.  "Goldenrod" is a common name applied to all Solidagos.
Solidago nana
Solidago nana (Dwarf Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills. Openings, woodlands. Summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, August 1, 2009.

Solidago nana is very similar to S. simplex but leaves on S. nana are finely and densely short-hairy; leaves of S. simplex are glabrous (smooth and without hairs).

Thomas Nuttall discovered this plant in the "Rocky Mountain range, near Lewis' River of the Shoshonee" in 1834 and he described it in 1841.

Solidago nana

Solidago nana (Dwarf Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills. Openings, woodlands. Summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, August 1, 2009

Minute flowers top stiff, reddish stems.  Masses of basal leaves can cover several square feet and be quite common.

Solidago nana

Solidago nana (Dwarf Goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills. Openings, woodlands. Summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, August 1, 2009.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Solidago nana