Solidago glomerata Michaux. Phen: Mid Aug-Oct. Hab: High elevation situations, including grassy balds, rock outcrops, heath balds, northern hardwood forests, and spruce-fir forests. Dist: A narrow Southern Appalachian endemic, restricted to w. NC and e. TN (perhaps reaching its northern limit on Elk Knob, Watauga County, NC)
ID notes:The basal rosettes are evergreen, and are a conspicuous component of the winter flora at high elevations. The plants have a distinctive skunky odor, easily smelled without touching or bruising the plant.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = FNA20, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, SE1, Tn, W