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Taiwan Gramineae | Family List | Poaceae | Melinis

Melinis minutifora P. Beauv, Ess., Agrost. 54. 1812; Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 562. 1978.


Melinis minutifora

Credit: CC Hsu

Perennials; culms branched, basal nodes prostrate, straggling, flowering culm to 1 m high. Plant body covered with villous glandular hairs, slightly strickly, with a smell like that of molasses. Blade linear, pubescent, 5-10 cm long, 5-8 mm wide; ligule small, membranaceous; sheath sparingly covered with villous hairs, loose, shorter than internode. Panicle open, 10-20 cm long, purplish. Spikelets ca. 2 mm long, ovate-elliptic, more or less laterally compressed; lower glume minute, veinless; upper glumewith veins prominent, 2-fid at apex and short awn protruding form sinus; lower lemma 2-fid, glabrous, with a long awn of ca. 10 mm long; upper floret coriaceous, shorter than lower lemma, falling off when mature.

NANTOU: Yuchu, Huang 6604. TAINAN: Hsinhua, Hsu A30. PINGTUNG: Hengchun, Peng 3068.

Originally from Africa, introduced elsewhere. Taiwan, naturalized in open grassland and disturbed places.


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