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Muhlenbergia mexicana (L.) Trin.
Mexican muhly, Leafy satingrass, Wirestem muhly
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Agrostis mexicana, Muhlenbergia ambigua, Muhlenbergia foliosa, Muhlenbergia foliosa ssp. ambigua, Muhlenbergia foliosa ssp. setiglumis, Muhlenbergia mexicana var. filiformis
USDA Symbol: MUME2
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. Muhlenbergs work and collaboration with European botanists led to great advances in the study of plants and earned him the distinction as Americas first outstanding botanist.
Fine-textured grass, adaptable to disturbed areas. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: NB
, ON Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff