Muhlenbergia montana (Nutt.) Hitchc.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Muhlenbergia trifida
USDA Symbol: MUMO
Mountain muhly is a strongly tufted perennial grass, 8-20 in. tall, with loose, narrow panicles and light-green leaves.
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , MT , NM , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: WY to TX & s. Mex., w. to UT & CA; one collection from MT, locality unknown
Native Habitat: Rocky mt. slopes, canyons, mesas & forest openings
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Muhlenbergia montana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Muhlenbergia montana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Muhlenbergia montana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff