Melica mutica Walter - Two-flower Melic Grass

Melica mutica plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems:

Melica mutica nodeNode of stem.

Leaves:

Melica mutica leaf baseLeaf base.

Melica mutica liguleArrow shows ligule.

Inflorescence:

Melica mutica inflorescence

Flowers:

Melica mutica spikelets

Flowering - March - May.

Habitat - Stream banks, wet hammocks, road banks.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found throughout Alabama and is fairly common. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its open inflorescences and large spikelets, which have two fertile florets each. This is a perennial species growing from rhizomes.
The genus name Melica is the classical name for some other plant given by Linnaeus for this species.
The species epithet mutica derives from the Latin "muti(c)" meaning "cut-off, blunt" probably for the lemmas of the flowers.

Alabama Distribution:

Melica mutica map

Photographs taken at the San Marcos de Appalache State Historic Site, FL., 3-30-05.


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