Melinis subglabra Mez

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Synonyms: Melinis denudata Mez
Melinis merkeri Mez
Rhynchelytrum denudatum (Mez) Stapf & Hubbard
Rhynchelytrum eylesii Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
Rhynchelytrum merkeri (Mez) Stapf & Hubbard
Rhynchelytrum subglabrum (Mez) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.
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Status: Native
Perennial from a knotty rootstock. Culms 40–130 cm. high, erect or rarely geniculately ascending. Leaf laminae 3–17 cm. long, (2.3)3–8(10) mm. wide. Panicle 6–14(20) cm. long, broadly ovate. Pedicels usually with a few long hairs. Spikelets 3.2–5 mm. long, ovate. Inferior glume (0.3)0.6–1(1.3) mm. long, inconspicuously 1-nerved, narrowly ovate, inserted close to the superior; superior glume 5-nerved, usually gibbous on the back, subcoriaceous to coriaceous, glabrous, rarely hairy, emarginate, usually mucronate. Inferior floret male, its lemma 5-nerved, resembling the superior glume but less gibbous, the palea ciliate on its keels.
Derivation of specific name: subglabra: almost hairless
Habitat: Often under shade and by streamsides, in grassland and Brachystegia woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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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) Page 119.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 56. As Rhynchelytrum subglabrum

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 subglabra., retrieved 23 April 2024

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