Plants perennial; cespitose. Culms (25)40-120(150) cm. Leaf
sheaths not strongly overlapping; blades (3)1-30(44) cm long, (1.3)2-3.5(4.5)
mm wide, rolled. Panicles contracted. Pedicels scabrous, with
hairs to 7 mm. Spikelets 3.2-5.7 mm long, 2 mm wide, often densely covered
with hairs, hairs to 4 mm, white or pink to purple. Glumes separated
by 0.3(0.6) mm; lower glumes about 0.5 mm, awns 1-2(3) mm. 2n
In its native southern Africa, Melinis nerviglumis flowers from November
to September [sic]. According to Anderson (1991), it is very similar to M.
repens subsp. repens, differing from that species primarily in
its strongly overlapping leaf sheaths and rolled leaf blades. The cultivar being
marketed is 'Pink Crystal'.