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Alkali Muhly - Muhlenbergia asperifolia

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
NS THREAT SCORE:
C-value: 7


 

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General Description
Perennial with slender rhizomes. Stems 10–50 cm tall, spreading to erect and sometimes aggregated into patches. Leaves: blades 1–3 mm wide; ligule about 1 mm long. Inflorescence an open panicle 5–20 cm long. Spikelets 1–2 mm long. Lemmas usually 1, rarely 2, per spikelet, awn-tipped, callus hairs very short to lacking (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Year-round
 


Range Comments
Throughout most of southern Canada and the U.S. except in the southeast (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 50

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Habitat
Damp and often alkaline soils along streams and low areas in pastures (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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