G.517. Melinis P. Beauv.

RHYNCHELYTRUM Nees

Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Ligule a ciliate rim. Inflorescence a panicle. Spikelets laterally flattened; lower glume small or 0; upper glume and lower lemma as long as spikelet, membranous to coriaceous, sometimes gibbous, emarginate to 2-lobed, sometimes awned; lower floret male or sterile; palea present or 0; upper lemma smaller than lower, often deciduous before the rest of the spikelet, laterally flattened; margin enfolding the palea.

This genus is not at all an easy one to name. The spikelets are small, so that the details of the palea are not easy to see and the often densely hairy glumes and lemmas lead to difficulties in counting the veins and in seeing other small details.

Zimbabwe: 14 taxa.

Melinis repens subsp. repens

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
ambigua Hack. subsp. ambigua N,W,C,E
ambigua Hack. subsp. longicauda (Mez) ZizkaC,E
effusa (Rendle) StapfE
kallimorpha (Clayton) ZizkaN,W,C,E,S
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. bellespicata (Rendle) ZizkaN,W,C,E,S
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. longiseta N,W,C,E,S
macrochaeta Stapf & C.E. Hubb.N,W,C,E,S
minutiflora P. Beauv.C,E
nerviglumis (Franch.) ZizkaW,C,EDescription, Image
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. grandiflora (Hochst.) ZizkaN,W,C,E,S
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. nigricans (Mez) ZizkaN
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. repens N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
subglabra MezN,W,C,E,S
tenuissima StapfN,C,E,S

Other sources of information about Melinis:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Melinis
Flora of Zambia: Melinis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Melinis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melinis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melinis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melinis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melinis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Melinis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Melinis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=206, retrieved 30 September 2014

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