Melinis nerviglumis (Franch.) Zizka

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Melinis nerviglumis

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Melinis nerviglumis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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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)
Status: Native
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. 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:
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
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Images last updated: Friday 13 April 2007

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.

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.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Melinis nerviglumis., retrieved 28 October 2016

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