Taxon: Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

Genus: Sorghum
    Section: Sorghum
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
  Subfamily: Panicoideae
      Tribe: Andropogoneae
Nomen number: 35092
Place of publication: Methodus 207. 1794
Comment: for weedy sorghums see S. bicolor nothosubsp. drummondii
Name Verified on: 05-Mar-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 24-Aug-2011
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 693 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • Northern Africa: Egypt
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin; Burkina Faso; Cote D'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Zaire

  • Naturalized:

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Northern America

    • : North America; South America
  • Southern America

    • : North America; South America
    • Mesoamerica: Central America

  • Cultivated:

    . cult. throughout tropic, subtropic, & warm-temperate regions


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