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Common name

English: Natal Redtop, Rose Natal Grass

Mandarin: 红毛草 (hong mao cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Liliopsida (389)

      Order: Cyperales (91)

        Family: Poaceae (72)(family description)

          Genus: Melinis (1)

            Epithet: repens (Willd.) Zizka (7)

Synonyms: Erianthus repens (Willd.) P.Beauv., Melinis argentea Mez, Melinis brachyrhynchus Mez, Melinis congesta Mez, Melinis nitens Mez, Melinis paupera Mez, Melinis rosea (Nees) Hack., Melinis ruficoma (Steud.) Chiov., Melinis stolzii Mez, Melinis ugandensis Mez, Monachyron roseum (Nees) Parl., Panicum braunii Steud., Panicum tonsum (Nees) Steud., Rhynchelytrum dregeanum Nees, Rhynchelytrum gossweileri Stapf & C.E.Hubb., Rhynchelytrum repens (Willd.) C.E.Hubb., Rhynchelytrum roseum (Nees) Stapf & C.E.Hubb. ex Bews, Rhynchelytrum ruficomum Hochst. ex Steud., Rhynchelytrum stolzii (Mez) Stapf & C.E.Hubb., Rhynchelytrum tonsum (Nees) Lanza & Mattei, Saccharum repens Willd., Saccharum sphacelatum (Benth.) Walp., Tricholaena dregeana (Nees) T.Durand & Schinz, Tricholaena fragilis A.Braun, Tricholaena repens (Willd.) C.L.Hitchc., Tricholaena rosea Nees, Tricholaena ruficoma (Steud.) Hack., Tricholaena sphacelata Benth., Tricholaena tonsa Nees

argentea => silvery

congesta => very close together, crowded, pressed

fragilis => fragile, brittle

nitens => shining, smooth and clear, lustrous

repens => creeping and rooting

rosea => rose or pale red-pink coloured

tonsa => glabrous, as if shorn

tonsum => glabrous, as if shorn

ugandensis => from Uganda


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green, red

External links

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