Muhlenbergia filipes

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This article is about the grass in the genus Muhlenbergia. For other genera of grasses also sometimes called sweet grass, see Sweet grass.
Muhlenbergia filipes
File:Starr 031108-0196 Muhlenbergia Filipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Muhlenbergia
Species: M. filipes
Binomial name
Muhlenbergia filipes
M. A. Curtis
Synonyms

Muhlenbergia capillaris (Lam.) Trin. var. filipes (M. A. Curtis) Chapm. ex Beal[1]

Muhlenbergia filipes, gulf hairawn muhly or sweetgrass, and syn. Muhlenbergia capillaris , is a species of grass in the Poaceae family. It is native to the Southeastern United States.[1]

Seminole basketry[edit]

Among Florida's Seminole Indians, sweetgrass was the most commonly used material for basket weaving. These baskets were often sold in tourist gift shops. In recent years, sweetgrass is becoming harder to find in South Florida. It is now only harvested during certain times of the year and in just a few locations.[2]

African American arts[edit]

This grass has historical importance in South Carolina, where it has been used for Basket weaving. African Americans from the Gullah tradition in the South Carolina Lowcountry still weave artistic baskets using this native grass.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Muhlenbergia filipes M.A. Curtis, USDA PLANTS
  2. ^ [1], Florida Museum of Natural History
  3. ^ Sweetgrass for Baskets