Solidago missouriensis
Missouri goldenrod
Image of Solidago missouriensis

Photo by Robert W. Freckmann 

Key Characteristics

Medium-sized forb (up to 1 m); leaves lanceolate to linear (toward the bottom) with 3 prominent longitudinal veins, usually toothed; inflorescence pyramidal with glabrous pedicels and axes, blooming late summer.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: T
  • State Rank: SX
  • Global Rank: G5


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Solidago missouriensis

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.


Missouri goldenrod is noted as being found in "prairie soil" in one collection, with no habitat data on the other two collections.  In the Chicago region it occurs in dry prairies. The species may not be native in Michigan.

Natural Community Types


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.

Associated Plants

In the Chicago region it is associated with such species as lead plant, heath aster, smooth aster, bastard toadflax, prairie coreopsis, downy phlox, and prairie dock.


The primary need for this species is a status survey to determine if populations are extant. The species would likely benefit from activities that maintain prairie and savannas like 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.

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at [Accessed Sep 22, 2018]


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