New York Natural Heritage Program
Alpine Goldenrod
Solidago leiocarpa DC
Dicots
Family: Aster Family (Asteraceae)

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: This species is apparently secure globally (typically with more than 100+ populations), though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Alpine goldenrod is endemic to northeastern North America. It only occurs in alpine habitats from Quebec through northern New England and New York. The species name refers to smooth (leio) fruit (carpa) but the fruit are actually hairy.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are 13 known extant populations. There are also two historical populations which have not been seen for over 100 years. Still, more survey work is needed at these two sites to determine if the plants are still there. All the populations are restricted to very limited habitat in the relatively small area of the high peaks region of the Adirondacks. At least 10 of the populations are partially threatened by trampling from hiker traffic.

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