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Sticky Goldenrod - Solidago simplex
Other Names:  Solidago spathulata [of some authors]

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Plants with a branched caudex or short rhizome. Stems ascending, simple, 5–30 cm. Herbage glabrous, glutinous in the inflorescence. Leaves basal and cauline; basal blades oblong to spatulate, serrate to entire, 1–10 cm long; cauline becoming narrower, sessile upward. Inflorescence paniculate, linear to oblong. Involucres campanulate, 3–8 mm high; phyllaries oblong to linear-oblong. Rays 7 to 16; ligules 2–5 mm long. Disk flowers 6 to 31; corollas 3–6 mm long. Achenes 2–3 mm long, strigose (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
AK to QC south to AZ, NM, SC, OH and
PA (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 69

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Grasslands, meadows, open forest; valleys to subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Simanonok, M. 2018. Plant-pollinator network assembly after wildfire. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 123 p.
    • Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.
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