Muhlenbergia utilis (Torr.) Hitchc.
Aparejo Grass, Aparejo Muhly
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: muut
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.
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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: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: The lemmas are yellowish to light green. The anthers are yellow to purplish.
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:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1095 Collected October 2, 1996 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Muhlenbergia utilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Muhlenbergia utilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Muhlenbergia utilis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-10-26
Research By: TWC Staff