Photo by Emmet J. Judziewicz
Medium-sized forb (up to 1 m) of open woods; stem densely pubescent, bearing broadly elliptic to obovate leaves that increase in size toward the base of the stem; inflorescence a terminal wand-like cluster of white or cream flowers.
Status and Rank
- State Status: E
- State Rank: S1
- Global Rank: G5
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Updated 5/15/2018. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.
White goldenrod is known from historical collections in southern Lower Michigan, where it occurred in dry sandy woods and banks. It was recently rediscovered in Michigan after not being seen for more than 100 years.
Natural Community Types
- Oak barrens
- Dry southern forest
- Dry-mesic northern forest
- Dry-mesic southern forest
- Lakeplain oak openings
For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.
Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.
Few associate data are known, other than noting that this species occurred in oak woods.
The primary need for this species is status survey, as it may persist in oak barrens or prairie remnants. It would likely benefit from habitat protection and activities that maintain prairie and savanna such as prescribed burning and brush removal.
General Survey Guidelines
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.
- Meander search
Survey Period: From first week of August to fourth week of August
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