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SORGHUM

Elizabeth M. Skendzic


Annual, perennial herb, cespitose or rhizomed. Stem: erect; internodes generally solid. Leaf: cauline; ligule membranous; blade flat or folded. Inflorescence: panicle-like, open to compact. Spikelet: in 2s (3s at branch tips); sessile spikelet bisexual, lower glume leathery, shiny, glabrous to puberulent, florets 2, lower sterile, upper fertile, lemma membranous, fertile lemma generally awned, palea < lemma; stalked spikelets 1–2, staminate; pair with subtending axis segment breaking as a unit.
± 25 species: tropics, subtropics, Africa. Cult for food, forage, sugar. (Latin: sorgo, a grain from Syria)
Unabridged references: [de Wet 1978 Amer J Bot 65:477–484]

Key to Sorghum

1. Annual (occasionally perennial herb); fruit generally exserted at maturity ..... S. bicolor

1' Perennial herb, rhizomed; fruit included at maturity ..... S. halepense

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