Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


951

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in the Piedmont primarily in clayey or thin rocky soils (esp in areas which were formerly burned and were prairie-like) and in open woodlands; in the Coastal Plain in savannas, dry woodlands, and coastal grasslands (where sometimes in close proximity with M. sericea); in the Mountains around calcareous rock outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets usually purplish

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain purplish
Grain

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Muhlenbergia capillaris   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Muhlenbergia capillaris   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-45-002:
Muhlenbergia capillaris   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Muhlenbergia capillaris var. capillaris

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Muhlenbergia capillaris var. capillaris

 

COMMON NAME:
Pink Muhlygrass, Upland Muhly, Hairawn Muhly, Hairgrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_muca2_001_lvd

        

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_muca2_002_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0310c_20

October    Greenville County    SC

SC Native Plant Society Plant Sale

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

JK Marlow    jkm0310c_22

October    Greenville County    SC

SC Native Plant Society Plant Sale

Panicle purple, oblong, diffuse, 1/3-1/2 the height of the culm, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

Keith Bradley    kab_m_capillaris_71545

October    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

JK Marlow    jkm061112_072

November    Union County    SC

A field of pink mist for about 10 days every autumn, per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

JK Marlow    jkm101120_279

November    Greenville County    SC

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

JK Marlow    jkm101120_282

November    Greenville County    SC

Spikelets one-flowered, awns 3-12mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Muhlenbergia capillaris

JK Marlow    jkm111113_401

November    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Leaves 16" long, narrow, rolled lengthwise into an upright wiry leaf, per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.