Solidago uliginosa Nutt.
Common Name: BOG GOLDENROD
Coefficient of Conservatism: 4
Coefficient of Wetness: -5
Wetness Index: OBL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Solidago uliginosa A. A. Reznicek

Bogs, fens, swamps of cedar and other conifers, marly places; marshes, wet meadows and prairie-like ground, shores and interdunal pools or hollows; rock crevices and pools on Lake Superior.

This is one of the most variable species in a genus noted for such variability. The inflorescence ranges from a broad pyramidal one with one-sided branches resembling that of S. juncea to the more common shape: a long cylindrical inflorescence. The latter goes well with the very narrow, elongate lower and basal leaves (up to 0.5 m long), of which the petioles are very distinctive, nearly or quite encircling the stem at their very base. The stems and leaves are completely glabrous, except that the pedicels and branches of the inflorescence may be rough-pubescent or sparsely hirsute.

Variability also results from hybridization (and presumed backcrossing), especially with neighboring species in wet habitats. Hybrids with S. patula (see also that species) can be recognized by somewhat angled stems and strongly scabrous upper surfaces of the leaves (as well as a tendency to have more toothed leaves). The leaves of S. uliginosa are nearly or quite entire, at most with rather obscure crenulate teeth. A few plants from Delta and Washtenaw Cos. with sharp teeth but smooth surfaces on the leaves suggest hybridization with S. gigantea.

Locations

Alger County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Barry County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Iron County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ontonagon County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 16, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=471.