Bristle-leaved Red Top (Melinis nerviglumis)
It is easy to confuse this grass with the Natal Red Top if not for one thing: the Natal Red Top grows in disturbed soil (a pioneer), while the Bristle-leaved red top is an indicator of undistrubed veld.
The bristle-leaved red top is a poor tp average grazing grass - a consequence of having wiry, rolled leaves. What is loses in grazing value it more than makes up in attractivness. This showy grass is a lovely species for natural grass gardens.
- Leaves mostly at the base
- Usually in gravely soil
- Flowers fade from deep purple to white
- Can flower throughout the year
- A dense tufted grass