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


Muhlenbergia pauciflora - New Mexico muhly

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
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Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
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Blade
Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
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Seedhead
Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
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Spikelets
Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
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Ligule
Mingus Mtn - Gaddes Cyn Rd
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  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 calcareous origin.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 4000 - 8000 feet

General Description

Desc: Erect sometimes spreading grass, seedheads contracted with soft awns.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and along stems  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  Spikelet Arrangement: All around branches
Awns: 1/4 inch to 1 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: Y

Flower and Seedhead Notes: 3-6 inches long, narrow, contracted, interrupted, the branches erect or ascending. Spikelet with florets nearly to their base, about 4mm long without awns. Lemmas prominently 3-nerved, awn 5-25mm long, mid-nerve extending as a straight or undulant awn.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 2-5 inches long, 0.5-1.5 mm 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: Culms loosely tufted, wiry, erect or ascending, sometimes bent at nodes and rooting at the lower nodes. Sheaths usually shorter than the internodes, smooth or rough, usually with dark brown necrotic spots, ligules 1-2.5 mm, membranous.

Forage Value: Fair to good.


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