Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Muhlenbergia mexicana
Wirestem muhly
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Muhlenbergia mexicana ambigua

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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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 usually distributed in woods; upland wooded slopes and ravines; wet open swales and meadows; waste ground and springy places.

ILPIN Notes: F. mexicana has awnless lemmas. F. ambigua has lemmas with awns to 9 mm. Species has scaly rhizomes. F. mexicana is common throughout the state, F. ambigua is only found in Lake county. Ref. 8 lists 2 forms in Ill. This is assumed to cover both.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

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Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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

  • Entire State: 4
  • Chicago Area: 5

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