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Melinis repens

MELINIS P. Beauv.
Plants caespitose or rhizomatous or stoloniferous, annual or perennial (ours.) Culms erect or ascending or geniculate, nodes hairy; internodes solid, terete. Leaves not differentiated into two kinds (basal rosette absent), cauline, not distinctly distichous; sheaths terete; ligules a line of hairs; blades flat or folded. Panicles open to narrow; primary branches spreading to ascending (secondary branches spreading), terminating in a spikelet; bristles (not hairs) absent below spikelets. Spikelets solitary, not embedded in branch, laterally compressed; disarticulation below spikelets; florets 2; lower florets sterile, staminate or without stamens; upper florets fertile one half to three fourths lower floret length; first glumes present (minute), not fused with callus, not encircling spikelet base, awnless; second glumes present, more or less spikelet length, not saccate, 5- or 7-veined; lemma of upper florets membranous or chartaceous, smooth, white, glabrous, margins flat, not differentiated at apex, awnless; palea of upper florets present. Stamens 3; anthers tan. Base chromosome number x=9.

A tropical or subtropical genus of about 25 species. Melinis is closely related to or synonymous with Rhynchelytrum. Here they are treated as synonymous in the genus Melinis. These taxa include disturbance species of roadside habitats.