Euthamia occidentalis Nutt.
|Western goldenrod or
grass-leaved goldenrod is a stout, glabrous much-branched perennial arising
from a rhizome and growing to about 6' tall. The leaves are long
(to 4"), linear, entire, sessile and 3-5 veined with an acuminate
apex. It is often found in wettish meadows, ditches, marshes and
along stream banks, blooming from July to November. Western goldenrod
inhabits both fresh- and saltwater marsh, valley grassland and sagebrush
scrub almost entirely in cismontane Southern California, but extends to
Northern California, British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains. This
species may be listed in some references as Solidago occidentalis.
These pictures were taken at Arroyo Sequit in the Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area, and the last photo shows a drainage ditch through
a grassy meadow which in a normal season would be wetter than it was in
2002. Note the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) growing in the
background in the fourth photograph..
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Euthamia 2) occidentalis.
Pronunciation: yoo-THAY-mee-a ok-si-den-TAY-lis.
Click here for Botanical Term Meanings.