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Melinis repens  (Willd.) Zizka
Natal grass
Melinis repens is an annual grasslike herb that is not native to California.
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Genus: Melinis
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Wetlands: Occurs in non wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSRhynchelytrum repens
PLANTSRhynchelytrum roseum
PLANTSSaccharum repens
PLANTSTricholaena repens
PLANTSTricholaena rosea
Information about  Melinis repens from other sources
USDA PLANTS Profile (MERE9)

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[Wikipedia] Africa native, Noxious weed, Description: Melinis repens is a species of grass known by the common names rose Natal grass, Natal red top, or simply Natal grass. It is native to southern Africa and an introduced species, often considered a noxious weed, on other continents such as North America and Australia. It is an annual or perennial grass, growing up to a meter tall. Its growth rate is dependent on temperature. The inflorescence is an open array of branches bearing spikelets densely coated in silky white or pink. In Chishona, its name is bhurakwacha. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/18/2024).