Taxon: Pennisetum polystachion (L.) Schult. subsp. setosum (Sw.) Brunken

Synonym of Cenchrus polystachios

Genus: Pennisetum
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
  Subfamily: Panicoideae
      Tribe: Paniceae
Nomen number: 403075
Place of publication: Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 79:63. 1979
Name Verified on: 17-Jan-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Feb-2016
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: fodder (fide Euphytica 97:16. 1997)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA, as Pennisetum polystachion)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, - Nevada


  • Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  • Brunken, J. N. 1979. Morphometric variation and the classification of Pennisetum section Brevivalvula (Gramineae) in tropical Africa Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 79:51-64.
  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. 1994 (F Mesoamer)
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. Flora zambesiaca. 1960- (F Zamb)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. 1993- (F NAmer)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • León (J. S. Sauget) & Alain (E. E. Liogier) Flora de Cuba. 1946-1962; suppl. 1969 (F CubaLeon)
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis, ed. 2. 2000 (F PR ed2)
  • Schmelzer, G. H. 1997. Review of Pennisetum section Brevivalvula (Poaceae) (Euphytica) 97:1-20.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)

Check other web resources for Pennisetum polystachion (L.) Schult. subsp. setosum (Sw.) Brunken :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • CNWG: Catalogue of New World Grasses Searchable Database
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.