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.

Zambia: 15 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
ambigua Hack. subsp. ambigua N,W,CCb,CDescription
ambigua Hack. subsp. longicauda (Mez) ZizkaN,W,C,EMc,LkDescription
effusa (Rendle) StapfB,NNw,NDescription
kallimorpha (Clayton) ZizkaB,N,C,SN,S,WDescription, Image
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. bellespicata (Rendle) ZizkaN,SMcDescription
longiseta (A. Rich.) Zizka subsp. longiseta W,C,E,SLp,EDescription, Image
macrochaeta Stapf & C.E. Hubb.B,N,W,SC,S,WDescription
minutiflora P. Beauv.N,EMcDescription
nerviglumis (Franch.) ZizkaB,N,W,C,SNw,C,SDescription, Image
repens (Willd.) Zizka[Agg]C,LkDescription
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. grandiflora (Hochst.) ZizkaN,E,SN,SDescription
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. nigricans (Mez) ZizkaNNDescription
repens (Willd.) Zizka subsp. repens W,C,ENw,LkDescription, Image
subglabra MezN,CE,CDescription
tenuissima StapfN,W,EE,WDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Melinis
Flora of Caprivi: Melinis
Flora of Malawi: Melinis
Flora of Mozambique: 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Melinis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=206, retrieved 23 September 2023

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