Melinis repens

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Natal red top
Rhynchelytrum repens (Rose Natal grass) in Hyderabad, AP W IMG 1458.jpg
Melinis repens spikelets6 annotated (6969369612).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Melinis
Species: M. repens
Binomial name
Melinis repens
(Willd.) Zizka
Synonyms

Rhynchelytrum repens
Saccharum repens
Tricholaena repens
Tricholaena rosea

Melinis repens is a species of grass known by the common names rose Natal grass, or simply Natal grass, and Natal red top. It is native to southern Africa but it is well known on other continents, including North America and Australia, as an introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed. It is an annual or perennial grass which may grow up to a meter tall, its growth rate dependent on temperature. The inflorescence is an open array of branches bearing spikelets which are densely coated in silky white or pink hairs.

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