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Muhlenbergia mexicana

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

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), CAN (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. 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)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS , ON
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field,Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous 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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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