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Taxon: Melinis repens (Willd.) Zizka

Genus: Melinis
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Paniceae
Nomen number: 409666
Place of publication: Biblioth. Bot. 138:55. 1988
Name verified on: 11-Dec-1997 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 02-Mar-2004
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 13 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Natal grass   (Source: Grass US [as Rhynchelytrum roseum]) – English
  • Natal-redtop   (Source: Grass SAfr ) – English
  • red Natal grass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • yerba de Natal   (Source: Grass Cuba II [as Rhynchelytrum repens]) – Spanish
  • rosengräs   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (fide Grass SAfr)
  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Grass SAfr)
  • Environmental: revegetator   (fide Grass SAfr)

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Cape Verde; Spain - Canary Islands [Tenerife]
    Northern Africa: Morocco
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Rwanda; Sao Tome and Principe; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Benin; Burkina Faso; Cote D'Ivoire; Ghana; Niger; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Togo
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Botswana; Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa - Transvaal; Swaziland
    Western Indian Ocean: Seychelles
    Arabian Peninsula: Oman; Saudi Arabia; Yemen
    Indian Subcontinent: India

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Western Indian Ocean: Reunion
    North Indian Ocean: British Indian Ocean Terr - Diego Garcia
    Malesia: Papua New Guinea
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California
    North-Central Pacific: U.S. Outlying Islands - Midway Islands; United States - Hawaii
    Northwestern Pacific: Guam; Marshall Islands
    South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands; French Polynesia; Kiribati - Line Islands
    Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; Nauru; New Caledonia; Solomon Islands; Wallis and Futuna Islands
    Caribbean: West Indies
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: Guyana; Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina; Paraguay; Uruguay

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Melinis repens (Willd.) Zizka:


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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (09 October 2015)

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