Melica nitens (Scribn.) Piper

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Melica nitens (Scribn.) Piper

  • Description

    Species Description - Culms 5–15 dm; sheaths glabrous; blades 5–8, flat, 10–20 cm × 5–12 mm; infl 1–2 dm, more freely branched than in no. 2 [Melica mutica Walter], with short lateral branches from most of the nodes; spikes short-pedicellate, pendulous, 9–12 mm; first glume broadly ovate or ovate-elliptic, 5–8 × 3.5–5 mm, its margins meeting around the spikelet; fertile lemmas (2)3, the second one usually distinctly projecting beyond the first; sterile lemmas 2, obconic, surpassed by the fertile ones; 2n=18. Rocky or dry upland woods; Pa. to s. Minn. and Nebr., s. to Ga. and Tex.

  • Common Names

    three-flower melic