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Muhlenbergia expansa [= Muhlenbergia capillaris var. trichopodes]

Cut-over Muhly, Savanna Hairgrass

Scientific Name:

Muhlenbergia expansa [= Muhlenbergia capillaris var. trichopodes]

Genus:

Muhlenbergia

Species Epithet:

expansa

Common Name:

Cut-over Muhly, Savanna Hairgrass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine savannas, pine flatwoods, mesic areas in sandhill-pocosin ecotones. Uncommon to locally common in the NC Coastal Plain and Sandhills.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Forms clumps; adapted to fire.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MUEX

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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