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Rhynchelytrum repens (Willd.) C. E. Hubb. Natal grass

Grass, leaves linear; inflorescence a terminal panicle, spikelets reddish purple, densely soft-ciliate, notably attractive to bees. Image at left photographed in Merida.

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Native to Africa, widely naturalized throughout Central America. Present at Kiuic in the parking area.

Early versions of this web site erroneously identified this species as Melinus minutiflora P. Beauv., a species also native to Africa and bearing pinkish spikelets, but differing by the presence of long bristles (on lemmas) and the absence of long silky hairs (on glumes and lemmas).