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 edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Genus: Melinis
M. repens
Binomial name
Melinis repens

Rhynchelytrum repens
Saccharum repens
Tricholaena repens
Tricholaena rosea

Melinis repens is a species of grass known by the common names rose Natal grass, Natal red top, or simply Natal grass. It is native to southern Africa and an introduced species, often considered a noxious weed, on other continents such as North America and Australia. It is an annual or perennial grass, growing up to a meter tall. Its growth rate is dependent on temperature. The inflorescence is an open array of branches bearing spikelets densely coated in silky white or pink. In Chishona, its name is bhurakwacha.

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