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Yerba melao

Gramineae Melinis minutiflora Beauv.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Molassesgrass is native to Africa but was introduced into Puerto Rico from Brazil. It is a tropical grass, reaching to three feet, excellent for grazing, but poorly adapted for hay or silage as it does not tolerate repeated mowing. It is valuable for pastures in Puerto Rico. It produces seed, in contrast to most tropical grasses, and is seed propagated.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch