Taxon: Andropogon gayanus Kunth

Genus: Andropogon
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Andropogoninae
Nomen number: 3213
Place of publication: Enum. pl. 491. 1833
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 02-Aug-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 02-Aug-1995
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: forage (fide Use Pl WT Afr)
  • Materials: cane (for thatching & matting fide Use Pl WT Afr)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: (fide Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; Namibia ; South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Burkina Faso ; Cote D'Ivoire ; Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Liberia ; Mali ; Mauritania ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Central African Republic ; Gabon ; Zaire

  • Naturalized

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil

  • Cultivated

  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Veracruz
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Northern South America: Venezuela


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