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Willow Lake Tr
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Muhlenbergia repens - creeping muhly

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Grows in open, sandy meadows, canyon bottoms, calcareous rocky flats, gypsum flats, and on rolling slopes and roadsides.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3500 - 5000 feet

General Description

Desc: Loose sod or mat forming plant, branched from one root. Stems rarely more than 20 inches. Low plant with widely slender, creeping, scaly rhizomes, main culms decumbent, smooth and shiny, branching and spreading, flowering branches are erect.
Grass Type: Perennial mat or sod-forming  Rhizomes: Y  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and prostrate  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  Spikelet Arrangement: Scattered on branches
Awns: Less than 1/4 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: U

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Few-flowered, usually partially covered by the sheath, erect branches seldom over 6-10 inches long. Spikelets 3 mm long on short appressed pedicels.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades short, curved like a bow, may be hairy on upper surface. 1/4-2 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 0.1-1 mm, membranous, as though abruptly "chopped off", occasionally torn or irregularly cleft, often split and appears to be auricles.

Forage Value: Poor.

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