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Muhlenbergia arenicola (Sand muhly)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Muhlenbergia arenicola

Muhlenbergia arenicola Buckley

Sand muhly

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: muar2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye. The lemmas of this grass are sometimes purple-tinged and the anthers are often greenish-tinged.

Distribution

USA: AZ , CO , KS , NM , OK , TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Muhlenbergia arenicola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Muhlenbergia arenicola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Muhlenbergia arenicola

Metadata

Record Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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