Melinis minutiflora P. Beauv.
molasses grass

This spreading, perennial mat grass smothers everything around it. Once established, it forms monotypic stands from rooted runners. It is considered a good forage grass and therefore is not a candidate for biological control. The seeds are dispersed by wind. It is adapted to fire, and the dense mats are generally only partly consumed. Regeneration from the remaining portions is rapid, and colony expansion into adjacent burned areas generally follows.

It is found on all islands from sea level to 1,500 m in dry and mesic environments.

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