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Dicotyledoneae (Dicots)
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
State Protection
Federal Protection
Not Listed
State Conservation Status Rank
Global Conservation Status Rank


State Ranking Justification

There are 2 verified occurrences. 2 historical occurrences in the New York State Atlas, House describes it in his 1924 list as from occurring in northern New York State and the Adirondacks.

Short-term Trends


Conservation and Management



This taxon belongs to a group which is the subject of recent taxonomic revisions. As defined in New York, this variety has been found on cliffs, ledges, and rocky slopes on or near mountain summits. Of the two known sites, one has acidic bedrock and the other appears to have some calcareous influence. The populations occur from 1250 to 2600 feet; despite its name, this taxon is not a member of the true alpine flora (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011). Calcareous rocks, ledges and cliffs along rivers (FNA 2006). Plants mostly of rivershores (Haines and Vining 1998).

Associated Ecological Communities

  • Cliff community (guide)
  • Northern white cedar rocky summit*
  • Pitch pine-oak-heath rocky summit (guide)
  • Rocky summit grassland* (guide)

Associated Species

  • Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
  • Danthonia spicata (poverty grass)
  • Deschampsia flexuosa
  • Diervilla lonicera (bush-honeysuckle)
  • Helianthus divaricatus (woodland sunflower)
  • Juniperus communis
  • Lechea intermedia (large-podded pinweed)
  • Polytrichum juniperinum
  • Pteridium aquilinum
  • Quercus rubra (northern red oak)
  • Solidago bicolor (silver-rod)
  • Vaccinium angustifolium (common lowbush blueberry)


New York State Distribution

Essex County.

Identification Comments

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification

This species is most easily identified when in flower.

Best Time to See

This taxon starts to flower in early August and continues through mid-September depending on altitude. Since it is easiest to see this species when it is in full flower the best time to survey for this species is from August through mid-September, surveying lower elevations first.

  • Flowering
  • Fruiting

The time of year you would expect to find Riverbank Goldenrod flowering and fruiting in New York.


Riverbank Goldenrod
Solidago racemosa Greene

  • Kingdom Plantae
    • Phylum Anthophyta
      • Class Dicotyledoneae (Dicots)
        • Order Asterales
          • Family Asteraceae (Aster Family)


  • Solidago simplex ssp. randii var. racemosa (Greene) Ringius
  • Solidago spathulata ssp. randii var. racemosa (Greene) Gleason
  • Solidago simplex var. racemosa (Greene) Kartesz & Gandhi

Additional Resources


Fernald, M.L. 1950. Gray's manual of botany. 8th edition. D. Van Nostrand, New York. 1632 pp.

Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 2006b. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 20. Magnoliophyta: Asteridae, part 7: Asteraceae, part 2. Oxford Univ. Press, New York. xxii + 666 pp.

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York. 910 pp.

Holmgren, Noel. 1998. The Illustrated Companion to Gleason and Cronquist's Manual. Illustrations of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

Kartesz, John T. 1994. A synonomized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada and Greenland. Volume 1-Checklist. Volume 2-Thesaurus.

Mitchell, Richard S. 1986. A checklist of New York State plants. Bulletin No. 458. New York State Museum. 272 pp.

New York Natural Heritage Program. 2019. New York Natural Heritage Program Databases. Albany, NY.

Weldy, T. and D. Werier. 2010. New York flora atlas. [S.M. Landry, K.N. Campbell, and L.D. Mabe (original application development), Florida Center for Community Design and Research University of South Florida]. New York Flora Association, Albany, New York


About This Guide

Information for this guide was last updated on: August 10, 2011

Please cite this page as:
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2019. Online Conservation Guide for Solidago racemosa. Available from: Accessed March 24, 2019.

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