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Last updated 6/18/2009 by David Giblin.
Muhlenbergia asperifolia (Nees & Meyen ex Trin.) Parodi[FNA25, HC, HC2]
or alkali muhly, scratchgrass

Publication: Revista Fac. Agron. Veterin. (Buenos Aires) 6: 117, f. 1. 1928.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA25: "Muhlenbergia asperifolia grows in moist, often alkaline meadows, playa margins, and sandy washes, on grassy slopes, and around seeps and hot springs, at elevations of 55-3000 m. Its geographic range includes northern Mexico. Muhlenbergia asperifolia is morphologically similar to the southeastern M. torreyana, but differs in having glabrous, weakly compressed culms and more widely divergent panicle branches.

The caryopses of Muhlenbergia asperifolia are frequently infected by a smut, Tilletia asperifolia Ellis & Everhart, which produces a globose body filled with blackish-brown spores."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Sporobolus asperifolius (Nees & Meyen ex Trin.) Nees & Meyen