Melinis nerviglumis (Franch.) Zizka

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Melinis nerviglumis

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Rhynchelytrum nerviglume (Franch.) Chiov.
Rhynchelytrum nyassanum (Mez) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
Rhynchelytrum rhodesianum (Rendle) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
Rhynchelytrum setifolium (Stapf) Chiov.
Rhynchelytrum stuposum Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
Tricholaena rhodesiana Rendle
Common names: Bristle-leaved red top (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Densely tufted perennial grass, up to 40 - 120 cm. Leaves rolled and wiry. Inflorescence a narrowly oblong to ovate panicle, often hanging on the flexible culms. Spikelets fading from purple-red to silvery white.
Notes: See M. repens for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, usually on slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:All year but mostly in summer
Worldwide distribution: From Gabon to Kenya and South to South Africa. Also in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 3 October 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 354. (Includes a picture).

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 126 - 128.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 136.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 106.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 132.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 140.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 149.

Van Oudtshoorn, F.P. (1992). Grasses of South Africa Briza Publications, South Africa Page 130. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Melinis nerviglumis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107410, retrieved 17 December 2017

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