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Muhlenbergia rigens
DEER GRASS

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Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: GRASS FAMILY
Habit: Annual to woody perennial herb; roots generally fibrous. Stem: generally round, hollow; nodes swollen, solid. Leaf: alternate, 2-ranked, generally linear, parallel-veined; sheath generally open; ligule membranous or hairy, at blade base. Inflorescence: various (of generally many spikelets). Spikelet: glumes generally 2; florets (lemma, palea, flower) 1--many; lemma generally membranous, sometimes glume-like; palea generally +- transparent, +- enclosed by lemma. Flower: generally bisexual, minute; perianth vestigial; stamens generally 3; stigmas generally 2, generally plumose. Fruit: grain, sometimes achene- or utricle-like.
Genera In Family: 650--900 genera; +- 10550 species: worldwide; greatest economic importance of any family (wheat, rice, maize, millet, sorghum, sugar cane, forage crops, ornamental, weeds; thatching, weaving, building materials). Note: Generally wind-pollinated. Achnatherum, Ampelodesmos, Hesperostipa, Nassella, Piptatherum, Piptochaetium, Ptilagrostis moved to Stipa; Elytrigia, Leymus, Pascopyrum, Pseudoroegneria, Taeniatherum to Elymus; Hierochloe to Anthoxanthum; Lolium, Vulpia to Festuca; Lycurus to Muhlenbergia; Monanthochloe to Distichlis; Pleuraphis to Hilaria; Rhynchelytrum to Melinis. The following taxa (in genera not included here), recorded in California from historical collections or reported in literature, are extirpated, lacking vouchers, or not considered naturalized: Acrachne racemosa (Roth) Ohwi, Allolepis texana (Vasey) Soderstr. & H.F. Decker, Amphibromus nervosus (Hook. f.) Baill., Axonopus affinis Chase, Axonopus fissifolius (Raddi) Kuhlm., Coix lacryma-jobi L., Cutandia memphitica (Spreng.) K. Richt., Dinebra retroflexa (Vahl) Panz., Eremochloa ciliaris (L.) Merr., Eustachys distichophylla (Lag.) Nees, Gaudinia fragilis (L.) P. Beauv., Miscanthus sinensis Andersson, Neyraudia arundinacea (L.) Henrard, Phyllostachys aurea Rivière & C. Rivière, Phyllostachys bambusoides Siebold & Zuccarini, Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton, Schedonnardus paniculatus (Nutt.) Branner & Coville, Schizachyrium cirratum (Hack.) Wooton & Standl., Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash, Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze, Thysanolaena latifolia (Hornem.) Honda, Tribolium obliterum (Hemsl.) Renvoize, Zea mays L., Zizania palustris L. var. interior (Fassett) Dore, Zoysia japonica Steud. Paspalum pubiflorum E. Fourn., Paspalum quadrifarium Lam., are now reported for southern California (J Bot Res Inst Texas 4:761--770). See Glossary p. 30 for illustrations of general family characteristics.
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr., except as noted
Scientific Editor: James P. Smith, Jr., J. Travis Columbus, Dieter H. Wilken.
Genus: MuhlenbergiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MUHLY
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, occasionally mat-like, often rhizomed. Stem: decumbent to erect, +- clumped. Leaf: basal and cauline; sheath open; ligule membranous, entire to irregularly toothed, occasionally with 1 large tooth on each side; blade flat to rolled. Inflorescence: panicle-like, narrow to open; branches spreading to appressed. Spikelet: generally single (bisexual) occasionally paired (bisexual, staminate or sterile); glumes subequal, generally 1--3-veined, short-pointed to awned, upper glume occasionally 3-veined; florets 1, occasionally 2; axis breaking above glumes; lemma short-pointed to awned, glabrous to hairy, 3-veined; palea <= lemma. Fruit: +- fusiform, red-brown, generally falling with lemma and palea.
Species In Genus: 173 species: temperate America, southern Asia. Etymology: (G.H.E. Muhlenberg, Pennsylvania botanist, 1753--1815) Note: Reports of Muhlenbergia dumosa Vasey, Muhlenbergia glauca (Nees) B.D. Jacks., Muhlenbergia thurberi (Scribn.) Rydb. have proved to be erroneous.
eFlora Treatment Author: Paul M. Peterson

Muhlenbergia rigens (Benth.) Hitchc.
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb. Stem: densely clumped, 5--15 dm. Leaf: ligule 0.5--2 mm, truncate, +- ciliate; blade 10--50 cm, 1.5--6 mm wide, flat. Inflorescence: 15--60 cm, 5--12 mm wide, cylindric, narrow; branches appressed, densely flowered. Spikelet: glumes 1.8--3 mm, acute or obtuse, +- scabrous; lemma 2.5--3.5 mm, base sparsely short-hairy, +- abruptly pointed; anther 1.3--1.7, yellow to purple. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Ecology: Sandy to gravelly places, canyons, stream bottoms; Elevation: < 2150 m. Bioregional Distribution: CaRH, SN, GV, SCoRO, SCo, TR, SnJt, SNE, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to Texas, Mexico. Flowering Time: Jun--Sep
eFlora Treatment Author: Paul M. Peterson
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Citation for this treatment: Paul M. Peterson 2016. Muhlenbergia rigens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=34119, accessed on April 30, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on April 30, 2016.


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Geographic subdivisions for Muhlenbergia rigens:
CaRH, SN, GV, SCoRO, SCo, TR, SnJt, SNE, DMoj;
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