Melinis repens – Rose Natal Grass
Scientific Name: Melinis repens
Synonyms: Rhynchelytrum repens, R. roseum, Saccharum repens, Tricholaena repens, T. rosea
Common Names: Rose Natal Grass, Rose Natalgrass, Natal Redtop
Duration: Annual, Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Arizona Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized, weedy grass is native to South Africa.
Habitat: Desert (upper elevation), Upland. This showy grass with its masses of fluffy, pink panicles grows in open and disturbed areas and is most often seen growing along roadsides.
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Height: To 3 feet (91 cm) tall
Description: The fluffy panicles of flower spikelets and fruit are covered in reddish, fading to silvery pink hairs. The leaf sheaths are green to tinged reddish and linear in shape.
Allergenic – The pollen is a mild allergen.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Family: Poaceae – Grass family
Genus: Melinis P. Beauv. – stinkgrass
Species: Melinis repens (Willd.) Zizka – rose Natal grass
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