Melica nitens

ClassificationMonocots
FamilyPoaceae
Family (Traditional)Poaceae
GenusMelica
Species:Melica nitens (Scribn.) Nutt. ex Piper
Common NameThreeflower Melicgrass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Xeric; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 8
StatusNative; TN[SNR] KY[S3S4] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

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  • Counties
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Ecoregions
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim

Synonyms

SynonymFull Citation
Melica diffusa var. nitens Melica diffusa var. nitens

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Adair (KY), Crittenden (KY), Estill (KY), Franklin (KY), Jefferson (KY), Jessamine (KY), Livingston (KY), Rockcastle (KY), Todd (KY), Trigg (KY), Warren (KY), Marshall (TN), Putnam (TN), Rutherford (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: MEM, VDB, APSC, EKY, UCHT, BEREA, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1970 - 2009

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100140498 Adair Kentucky 24 Apr 1988 Bruce Hoagland
32
EKY
Melica nitens
BEREA006585 Rockcastle Kentucky
BEREA
Melica nitens
APSC0094953 Warren Kentucky
APSC
Melica nitens
APSC0094712 Jefferson Kentucky
APSC
Melica nitens
APSC0064826 Todd Kentucky 01 May 2009 Dwayne Estes
APSC
Melica nitens
APSC0043500 Putnam Tennessee
APSC
Melica nitens
BRIT182103 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
BRIT182104 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
31234100140662 Jessamine Kentucky 25 May 1984 J. Campbell
s.n.
EKY
Melica nitens
31234100140647 Estill Kentucky 31 May 1990 Julian Campbell
EKY
Melica nitens
31234100140688 Trigg Kentucky 14 May 1986 Raymond Athey
5146
EKY
Melica nitens
BEREA006586 Trigg Kentucky
BEREA
Melica nitens
APSC0043497 Franklin Kentucky 01 Jun 2006 Dwayne Estes
APSC
Melica nitens
BRIT184024 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
BEREA006584 Rockcastle Kentucky
BEREA
Melica nitens
TENN-V-0036630 Franklin Kentucky
TENN
Melica nitens
APSC0064823 Rutherford Tennessee
APSC
Melica nitens
BRIT182105 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
BRIT182102 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
MEM005515 Livingston Kentucky 17 May 1970 Raymond Athey
897
MEM
Melica nitens
MEM008439 Crittenden Kentucky 14 May 1974 Raymond Athey
2716
MEM
Melica nitens
31234100140654 Estill Kentucky 31 May 1990 Julian Campbell
EKY
Melica nitens
UCHT006462 Marshall Tennessee
UCHT
Melica nitens
APSC0101601 Jessamine Kentucky
APSC
Melica nitens
APSC0043495 Marshall Tennessee
APSC
Melica nitens
APSC0043499 Trigg Kentucky
APSC
Melica nitens
BRIT184027 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
BRIT182101 Tennessee
VDB
Melica nitens
UCHT043732 Warren Kentucky
UCHT
Melica nitens
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Melica nitens - Dwayne Estes
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