Solidago sciaphila    Steele

Cliff Goldenrod 


MN Status:
delisted
Federal Status:
none
CITES:
none
USFS:
none

Group:
vascular plant
Class:
Dicotyledoneae
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae
Life Form:
forb
Longevity:
perennial
Leaf Duration:
deciduous
Water Regime:
terrestrial
Soils:
rock
Light:
full sun, partial shade
Habitats:

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Solidago sciaphila Solidago sciaphila

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Solidago sciaphila
Minnesota range map
Map Interpretation
North American range map
Map Interpretation

  Basis for Former Listing

Solidago sciaphila is a narrow, regional endemic occurring only in the "Driftless Area" of southeastern Minnesota and adjacent portions of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. It is considered rare in all four states (Semple and Cook 2006). Although it does not appear in imminent danger of extirpation in Minnesota, there was concern that populations may be in decline. This concern stemed from the accelerating pace of development in southeastern Minnesota; woodland encroachment and the resultant shading of habitat; and the increasing popularity of recreational activities such as rock climbing (Nuzzo 1995). Solidago sciaphila was listed as a special concern species in Minnesota in 1984.

  Basis for Delisting

Since listing Solidago sciaphila as a special concern species, targeted rare plant surveys conducted by the Minnesota Biological Survey have documented over 75 additional populations, thus revealing that it is more common than once believed to be. Special concern status is no longer necessary, and Solidago sciaphila was delisted in 2013.

  References and Additional Information

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2012. Statement of need and reasonableness. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Division of Ecological and Water Resources. St. Paul, Minnesota. 337 pp.

Nuzzo, V. A. 1995. Effects of rock climbing on cliff goldenrod (Solidago sciaphila Steele) in northwestern Illinois. American Midland Naturalist 133:229-241.

Salamun, P. J. 1963. Preliminary reports on the flora of Wisconsin, No. 50. Compositae III - Composite family. Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters 52:353-82.

Semple, J. C., and R. E. Cook. 2006. Solidago. Pages 107-166 in Flora of North America Editorial Committee, editors. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Volume 20. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.