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.

Botswana: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
kallimorpha (Clayton) ZizkaNDescription, Image
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. bellespicata (Rendle) ZizkaNDescription
nerviglumis (Franch.) ZizkaSEDescription, Image
repens (Willd.) Zizka[Agg]Description
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. grandiflora (Hochst.) ZizkaN,SW,SEDescription
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. repens SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Melinis:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Melinis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Melinis
Flora of Malawi: Melinis
Flora of Mozambique: Melinis
Flora of Zambia: Melinis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Melinis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melinis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Melinis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Melinis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Melinis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Melinis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melinis
JSTOR Plant Science: Melinis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melinis
Plants of the World Online: Melinis
Tropicos: Melinis
Wikipedia: Melinis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Melinis.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=206, retrieved 24 July 2024

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