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Muhlenbergia racemosa

Muhlenbergia racemosa (Michx.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

Marsh Muhly

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Agrostis racemosa

USDA Symbol: MURA

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), 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. 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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Leaf: Green
Flower:
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Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AZ , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , VA , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NL , ON , SK

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

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National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FACW FAC FACW FACW FACU FACW
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.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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

Metadata

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

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