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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
Sue Smith
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Muhlenbergia pauciflora - New Mexico muhly

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Plant - summer

Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd Sue Smith
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Plant - summer

Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd Sue Smith
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Grows in open or closed forests on rocky slopes, cliffs, canyons, and rock outcrops of granitic or limestone origin.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 4000 - 8000 feet

General Description

Desc: Loosely tufted, seedhead stems wiry, erect, sometimes bent at nodes and rooting at the lower nodes; seedheads contracted with soft awns.
Identification notes: Tufted perennial grass without rhizomes; seedheads narrow, branches contracted and flowered from base; awns at least 1/2 inch long; second glume smooth not broken into teeth; lemmas without hairs; old sheath never flat or coiled.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 24 to 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jun - Nov

Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: One-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: N
Awns: 1/4 inch to 1 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: Y

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead 3 to 6 inches long, narrow, contracted, interrupted, the branches ascending, spikelet bearing nearly to their base, 1/8 inch long without awns. Lemmas prominently 3-nerved, awn 1/8 to 1 inch long, mid-nerve extending as a straight or wavy awn.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 2 to 5 inches long, less than 1/16 inch wide, flat to rolled inward, smooth below, rough on top, often with dark brown necrotic spots.
Sheath Hairy: N  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths usually shorter than the internodes, smooth or rough, usually with dark brown necrotic spots, ligules 1/16 inch, membranous.

Forage Value: Fair to good.

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