Melica nitens

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Melica nitens
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Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Melica
Species: M. nitens
Binomial name
Melica nitens
(Scribn.) Nutt. ex Piper

Melica nitens is a species of grass known by the common name threeflower melicgrass. It is native to the central United States.[1][2]

This perennial grass has short rhizomes and sometimes forms bunches. The stems grow up to 1.3 meters tall. The inflorescence is a branching panicle of spikelets. Despite its name, the grass has spikelets with two to four flowers each,[1] often two.[3]

In the wild this plant grows in wooded areas, grasslands, streambanks, and roadsides.[3] In some areas it is considered "highly threatened by land-use conversion and habitat fragmentation, and to a lesser extent by forest management practices."[2] In others it is cultivated and sown as a forage grass.[3]


  1. ^ a b Melica nitens. Grass Manual Treatment.
  2. ^ a b Melica nitens. NatureServe.
  3. ^ a b c Melica nitens. USDA NRCS Plant Fact Sheet.

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