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Muhlenbergia cuspidata (Torr. ex Hook.) Rydb.
Plains muhly, Stony-hills muhly
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Muhlenbergia brevifolia
USDA Symbol: MUCU3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The wiry flowering culms of this perennial grass are stiff, slender and strictly erect, rising 1-2 1/2 ft. in dense tufts. The seed head is smooth, slender and spike-like in all parts.
The genus of this plant is named for Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815), also Heinrich Ludwig Muehlenberg, or Henry Muhlenberg, who was a German-educated Lutheran minister and the first president of Franklin College, now Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania. He is most famous due to his work in the field of botany. An accomplished botanist, chemist, and minerologist, Henry is credited with classifying and naming 150 species of plants in his 1785 work Index Flora Lancastriensis. Muhlenberg's work and collaboration with European botanists led to great advances in the study of plants and earned him the distinction as America's first outstanding botanist.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Canada: SK Native Distribution: PA
to Alt., s. to w. VA, TN,
& NM Native Habitat:
Prairies & bluffs (often calcereous)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff