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Muhlenbergia expansa

Muhlenbergia expansa (Poir.) Trin.

Cutover Muhly, Savannah Hairgrass, Spreading Muhly

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Agrostis trichopodes, Muhlenbergia capillaris var. trichopodes


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Perennially moist to wet soils in pitcher plant bogs, pine savannahs and flatwoods, usually in sandy soils.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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