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Melica smithii (A. Gray) Vasey
Common Name: MELIC GRASS
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Grass

Deciduous forests, especially rich beech-maple-hemlock stands, forested dunes, rarely under white-cedar. Reported from Isle Royale with the original description, but no specimens from there have been located. The species is wide-ranging in the western United States and adjacent Canada, re-occurring in the northern Great Lakes area east to the Ottawa district, Quebec. The panicle branches are reflexed at maturity. The base of the stem is ± bulbous; this character, together with the densely antrorse-hispid pedicels and retrorsely scabrous sheaths, makes even over-ripe specimens readily identifiable.


Alger County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Delta County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Houghton County
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Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
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Mackinac County
Marquette County
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Schoolcraft County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 28, 2023.