Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Muhlenbergia glomerata
Muhly
Taxonomy

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Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Monocot, perennial

Roots: adventitious, rhizomes

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Parallel leaf venation; awl-shaped leaf shape

Inflorescence: panicle

Flowers: perfect; 3 merous; complete; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: grain

Physiology: autotrophic

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is distributed on dry or wet ground; marshy meadows, calcareous fens. Swink et al. says this is a marsh plant, which is often confused with M. racemosa, occurring in the "...driest of soil." If one follows Swink et al (Ref. 7) then, Mohlenbrock has listed the "dry" habitat erroneously. Ref. 7 has been followed in the section on "Natural Communities."

ILPIN Notes: Species has scaly rhizomes. Ref. 7 says confusion exists between this and M. racemosa, and this has indeed caused diametrically opposed habitats to be listed in different references, for each of these species. Species found in St. Clair, Cook, and Lake counties. It was last collected in 1951. St. Clair specimen is from a bluff which is a "most peculiar habitat for this species" (ref. 8).

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 10
  • Chicago Area: 10

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