E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Solidago lepida var. salebrosa de Candolle (Piper) Semple
Canada goldenrod (salebrosa goldenrod)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Solidago lepida var. salebrosa
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West coast goldenrod was formerly recognized as Solidago canadenesis ssp. elongata, but has been elevated to the species level. It is found in North America from Mexico (Baja California) north to Washington, and is reported from the southwestern corner of British Columbia. It is described in Flora North America by Semple and Cook (2010) as a 25-150 cm tall rhizomatous plant that forms clones; it lacks basal leaves, and stem leaves are sessile; it is very similar in appearance to Canada goldenrod (Solidago lepida). It is found in a range of habitats including "sandy, gravelly soils, thickets, open woods, meadows, along streams and creeks", at elevations from 0-2800 m (Semple and Cook 2010). West coast goldenrod flowers from August to October throughout its range (Semple and Cook 2010)--in BC it may be found flowering through to November.

A full species description is provided by Flora North America.

Species Information

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Ecological Framework for Solidago lepida var. salebrosa

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 770 770 770
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 4 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: SBS(1)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Solidago canadensis subsp. elongata (Nutt.) Keck
Solidago canadensis subsp. salebrosa (Piper) Keck
Solidago canadensis var. elongata (Nutt.) M.E. Peck
Solidago canadensis var. salebrosa (Piper) M.E. Jones
Solidago dumetorum Lunell
Solidago lepida var. elongata (Nutt.) Fern.
Solidago lepida var. fallax Fern.

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