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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. Most of our plants have essentially awnless lemmas, but some are f. ambigua (Torr.) Fernald, with long-awned lemmas.