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Muhlenbergia rigens form.jpg
Muhlenbergia rigens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Chloridoideae
Tribe: Eragrostideae
Genus: Muhlenbergia
Type species
Muhlenbergia schreberi
  • Dilepyrum Michx.
  • Podosemum Desv.
  • Clomena P.Beauv.
  • Tosagris P.Beauv.
  • Trichochloa P.Beauv.
  • Trichochloa DC. 1813, illegitimate homonym not P.Beauv. 1812
  • Cleomena Roem. & Schult.
  • Anthipsimus Raf.
  • Flexularia Raf.
  • Sericrostis Raf.
  • Epicampes J.Presl
  • Dactylogramma Link
  • Calycodon Nutt.
  • Schedonnardus Steud.
  • Vaseya Thurb.
  • Chaboissaea E.Fourn. ex Benth. & Hook.f.
  • Crypsinna E.Fourn.
  • Redfieldia Vasey
  • Bealia Scribn.
  • Schaffnerella Nash
  • Spirochloe Lunell

Muhlenbergia is a genus of plants in the grass family.[4][5][6][7]

The genus is named in honor of the German-American amateur botanist Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753-1815).[8] Many of the species are known by the common name muhly. The greatest number are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico, but there are also native species in Canada, Central and South America and in Asia.[8][9][10][11]

  1. Muhlenbergia multiflora Columbus - western USA
  1. Muhlenbergia paniculata (Nutt.) P.M.Peterson - central Canada, central + western USA, northeastern Mexico, northern Argentina
  1. Muhlenbergia spatha Columbus - Mexico
  1. Muhlenbergia tarahumara P.M.Peterson & Columbus - Mexico
formerly included[3]

numerous species now considered better suited to other genera: Aegopogon Apera Arundinella Brachyelytrum Calamagrostis Chaetopogon Cinna Dichelachne Garnotia Limnodea Lycurus Melinis Ortachne Pereilema Sporobolus Triniochloa


  1. ^ lectotype designated by Nash in Britton & Brown, Ill. Fl. N. U.S. (ed. 2) 1: 184 (1913)
  2. ^ Tropicos, Muhlenbergia Schreb.
  3. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected plant Families
  4. ^ Schreber, Johann Christian Daniel von. 1789. Genera Plantarum Eorumque Characteres Naturales Secundum Numerum, Figuram, Situm, & Proportionem Omnium Fructificationis Partium. (Ed. 8[a]). 1: 44
  5. ^ Tropicos, Muhlenbergia Schreb.
  6. ^ Peterson, P. M. 2000. Systematics of the Muhlenbergiinae (Chloridoideae: Eragrostideae). 195–212. In S. W. L. Jacobs & J. Everett (eds.) Grasses: Systematics and Evolution. CSIRO, Melbourne.
  7. ^ Peterson, P. M., K. Romaschenko & G. Johnson. 2010. A phylogeny and classification of the Muhlenbergiinae (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Cynodonteae) based on plastid and nuclear DNA sequences. American Journal of Botany 97(9): 1532–1554
  8. ^ a b Flora of China Vol. 22 Page 486 乱子草属 luan zi cao shu Muhlenbergia Schreber in Linnaeus, Gen. Pl., ed. 8. 1: 44. 1789.
  9. ^ Beetle, A.A. 1995. Las Gramíneas de México 4: 1–342. Secretaria de Agricultura y Recursos Hidraulícos: COTECOCA, México D.F..
  10. ^ Bor, N. L. 1960. Grass. Burma, Ceylon, India & Pakistan i–767. Pergamon Press, Oxford.
  11. ^ Giraldo-Cañas, D. & P. M. Peterson. 2009. El género Muhlenbergia (Poaceae: Chloridoideae: Cynodonteae: Muhlenbergiinae) en Colombia. Caldasia 31(2): 269–302
  12. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps
  13. ^ "USDA Plants Profile: ''M. capillaris''". Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  14. ^ "Muhlenbergia sylvatica USDA Plants Profile. 25 November 2011". Retrieved 2013-01-06. 

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