Muhly (4)

Muhlenbergia montana

Mountain Muhly
Muhlenbergia montana

Family: Grass (Poaceae)
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Photo taken on: September 5, 2011
Location: Capulin National Monument, NM
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Dry, open areas

Grows to 3ft tall in tufts. Side stems are short giving a long, narrow flower spike. Flower spikelets are about 3mm long and tipped with a 10mm bristle (awn).

Muhlenbergia asperiflora

Scratchgrass
Muhlenbergia asperifolia

Family: Grass (Poaceae)
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Photo taken on: September 15, 2011
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Open, disturbed areas

Grows to 2ft with shiny, slightly flattened stems. The flower head is a very open, wispy array of many hair-thin, outstretched branches. The few purplish flower spikelets are at the branch end and have no bristle (awn).

Muhlenbergia torreyi

Ring Muhly
Muhlenbergia torreyi

Family: Grass (Poaceae)
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Photo taken on: September 13, 2014
Location: Great Sand Dunes NP, CO
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry open areas

Grows low in a ring with curved leaves. The flower stem grows to 1ft. The flower heads are branched and spreading with the flowers at the branch ends. The flower spikelets are purplish and have awns.

Muhlenbergia thurberi

Thurber's Muhly
Muhlenbergia thurberi

Family: Grass (Poaceae)
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Photo taken on: October 18, 2014
Location: Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Moist soil in seeps near canyon cliffs and rock crevices

Grows to 14" high in a clump with very thin stems. Leaves are at the base of the stem and are also very thin and about 1" long. The flower head is a slender spike 1"-2" long. The flower spikelets are tiny and break off at maturity.

Grasses, Sedges & Rushes