Melinis repens (Willd.) Zizka
subsp. nigricans (Mez) Zizka

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Synonyms: Melinis nigricans Mez
Rhynchelytrum nigricans (Mez) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
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Vigorous tufted annual. Culms 60–160 cm. high, (1.7)2–3.2 mm. in diam. Spikelets 3–4.5(5) mm. long, dark olive green, rarely green to straw-coloured, shortly hairy or rarely glabrous. Inferior glume 0.5–1(1.2) mm. long, separated from the superior by an internode 0.1–0.5 mm. long. Superior glume and inferior lemma membranous to subcoriaceous, not drawn out into a narrow beak.
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: On anthropogenic sites and embankments
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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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.

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

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.

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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. nigricans., retrieved 23 April 2024

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