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Willow Lake Tr
Sue Smith
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Muhlenbergia repens - creeping muhly

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Willow Lake Tr Sue Smith
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Cool and Warm
Habitat Description: Grows in open, sandy meadows, canyon bottoms, limestone rocky flats, gypsum flats, and on rolling slopes and roadsides.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3500 - 7000 feet

General Description

Desc: Loose sod or mat forming plant, branched from one root. Stems rarely more than 20 inches long. Low plant with widely slender, creeping, scaly rhizomes, main seedhead stems creeping, smooth and shiny, branching and spreading, flowering branches are erect.
Identification notes: Perennial grass with prominent scaly creeping rhizomes; wide creeping stems and blades conspicuously bent backwards; blades to 1/16 inch wide, short and rolled inward; seedheads narrow, condensed; spikelets on short stems; glumes without hairs.
Grass Type: Perennial mat or sod-forming  Rhizomes: Y  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: Less than 12 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Apr - Sep

Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead usually partially covered by the sheath, erect, seldom over 6 to 10 inches long. Spikelets 1/8 inch long on short appressed stems.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades short, curved like a bow, may be hairy on upper surface. 1/4 to 2-1/4 inches long, narrow rolled inward, smooth or rough on top.
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 shorter or longer than the internodes, smooth; ligules less than 1/16 inch, membranous, abruptly chopped off, occasionally torn or irregularly cleft, often split and looks like auricles.

Forage Value: Poor.

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