Melinis repens

Natal grass, formerly Rhynchelytrum repens

  • Height:   1 ft - 3 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   grass
  • Inflorescence Size:   1 - 5 in
  • Flower Type:   grass spikelet
  • Bloom Type:   winter
  • Native to California:   NO
  • California Range:   coast - desert - inland
  • Water Requirements:   low - medium
  • Characteristics / Comments:   soil/dune stabilization
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   1,000,000
  • 3441

Taxon report data from Calflora

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Melinis repens

Common Name:Natal grass

Melinis repens, a angiosperm, is a annual grass that is non-native to California.

US Distribution:
Plant Community(s):

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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