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LEAFY SATIN GRASS
Common in marshy, swampy, and boggy habitats, stream border thickets, moist hardwoods; also on shores and beaches and in disturbed ground along roads and trails.
Some slender plants approach M. sylvatica, but can usually be distinguished by the more slender glumes (5–8 times as long as wide in M. mexicana, not over 6 times as long as wide in M. sylvatica). Also, the spikelets in M. mexicana are often tinged with purple and form denser, thicker, more closely spaced panicle branches than in M. sylvatica. All our M. sylvatica have conspicuously awned lemmas, and most of our M. mexicana have essentially awnless lemmas, affording an easy separation of the two. Unfortunately, some of our plants, scattered througout the state, are M. mexicana f. ambigua (Torr.) Fernald, with long-awned lemmas.