G.584. Sorghum Moench

Description of the genus

Robust annuals or perennials. Leaves: lamina linear. Inflorescence a large terminal panicle, the branches bearing short racemes; internodes and pedicels filiform; spikelets of each pair different. Sessile spikelet dorsally flattened; lower glume ± coriaceous, broadly convex across the back, becoming 2-keeled and narrowly winged near the tip; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper lemma hyaline, 2-dentate with a glabrous awn from the sinus. Pedicellate spikelet male or barren, narrower than the sessile and awnless.

Worldwide: 24 species in warm parts of the Old World including 1 species in Mexico

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
arundinaceum (Desv.) StapfN,W,C,E,SImage
bicolor (L.) MoenchN
halepense (L.) Pers.N,W,C,E
versicolor AnderssonN,W,C,E,S

Other sources of information about Sorghum:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sorghum
Flora of Mozambique: Sorghum | cultivated Sorghum
Flora of Zambia: Sorghum | cultivated Sorghum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sorghum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sorghum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sorghum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sorghum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sorghum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Sorghum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Sorghum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=228, retrieved 22 December 2014

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