G.517. Melinis P. Beauv.


Description of the genus

Annuals or perennials. Ligule a ciliate rim. Inflorescence a panicle. Spikelets laterally flattened; lower glume small or 0; upper glume and lower lemma as long as spikelet, membranous to coriaceous, sometimes gibbous, emarginate to 2-lobed, sometimes awned; lower floret male or sterile; palea present or 0; upper lemma smaller than lower, often deciduous before the rest of the spikelet, laterally flattened; margin enfolding the palea. This genus is not at all an easy one to name. The spikelets are small, so that the details of the palea are not easy to see and the often densely hairy glumes and lemmas lead to difficulties in counting the veins and in seeing other small details.

Caprivi: 8 taxa.

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kallimorpha (Clayton) ZizkaDescription
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. bellespicata (Rendle) ZizkaDescription
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. longiseta Description
nerviglumis (Franch.) ZizkaDescription, Image
repens (Willd.) Zizka[Agg]Description
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. grandiflora (Hochst.) ZizkaDescription
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. repens Description, Image
subglabra MezDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Melinis
Flora of Malawi: Melinis
Flora of Mozambique: Melinis
Flora of Zambia: Melinis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Melinis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Melinis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melinis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melinis
Wikipedia: Melinis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melinis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melinis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Melinis.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=206, retrieved 13 April 2021

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