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
Species:
M. repens
Binomial name
Melinis repens
Synonyms

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 hairs.

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