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Muhlenbergia ×involuta (Canyon muhly)
Strickland, Sam C.

Muhlenbergia ×involuta

Muhlenbergia ×involuta Swallen (pro sp.)

Canyon Muhly, Edwards Plateau Muhly

Poaceae (Grass Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A natural hybrid between Muhlenbergia lindheimeri and Muhlenbergia reverchonii on the Edwards Plateau of central Texas.

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. Muhlenber'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.


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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
Size Notes: Up to about 4-1/2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore inconspicuous. The spikelets of this grass are yellowish to purplish.



From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-07-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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