Melinis repens (Willd.) Zizka
subsp. grandiflora (Hochst.) Zizka

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Melinis affinis Mez
Melinis bertlingii Mez
Melinis brevipila (Hackel) Hackel
Melinis ejubata Mez
Melinis grandiflora (Hochst.) Hackel
Melinis mutica Mez
Melinis otaviensis Mez
Melinis pulchra Mez
Melinis rangei Mez
Melinis seineri Mez
Melinis villosa (Parl.) Hackel
Monachyron grandiflorum (A. Rich.) Martelli
Monachyron villosum Parl.
Panicum insigne Steudel
Panicum setinsigne Mez
Rhynchelytrum brevipilum (Hack.) Chiov.
Rhynchelytrum costatum Stapf & Hubbard
Rhynchelytrum grandiflorum Hochst.
Rhynchelytrum suberostratum Stapf & Hubbard
Rhynchelytrum villosum (Parl.) Chiov.
Saccharum grandiflorum (A. Rich.) Walp.
Tricholaena brevipila Hackel
Tricholaena grandiflora A. Rich.
Tricholaena grandiflora var. glabrescens Rendle
Tricholaena monachyron Oliver
Tricholaena rosea var. setosa Peters
Tricholaena uniglumis Dur. & Schinz
Tricholaena villosa (Parl.) Dur. & Schinz
Common names:
Tufted annual or rarely a short-lived perennial. Culms 25–90 cm. high, 0.9–1.6(2) mm. in diam. Spikelets (4)5–12 mm. long, glabrous or hairy, conspicuously laterally compressed. Inferior glume (0.6)1.5–3(4.3) mm. long, separated from the superior by an internode (0.5)0.7–1.7(2) mm. long. Superior glume and inferior lemma membranous to coriaceous, often drawn out into a narrow and glabrous beak.
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping; grandiflora: large flowered
Habitat: Dry and sunny places, on sand or boulders, in grassland and savanna woodland, rarely on disturbed sites
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: From tropical and South Africa, extending through Arabia to India
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 116 - 118.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 478. (Includes a picture).

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.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 190.

Other sources of information about Melinis repens subsp. grandiflora:

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Flora of Botswana: Melinis repens subsp. grandiflora
Flora of Caprivi: Melinis repens subsp. grandiflora
Flora of Mozambique: Melinis repens subsp. grandiflora
Flora of Zambia: Melinis repens subsp. grandiflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melinis repens
African Plant Database: Melinis repens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melinis repens
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Wikipedia: Melinis repens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Melinis repens subsp. grandiflora., retrieved 14 April 2024

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