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Taxon: Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench nothosubsp. drummondii (Steud.) de Wet ex Davidse

Genus: Sorghum
Section: Sorghum
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Sorghinae
Nomen number: 410498
Place of publication: Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45:1258. 1993 (J. M. J. de Wet, Amer. J. Bot. 65:481. 1978, nom. inval.)
Link to protologue:
  • • [= S. bicolor subsp. bicolor × S. bicolor subsp. verticilliflorum]
  • • de Wet failed to provide a full reference to the basionym, citing only S. drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase
Name Verified on: 05-Mar-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 113 (88 active, 83 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: forage (as Sudangrass)
  • Environmental:
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (one form (Sudangrass) widely cult. for forage)

    Naturalized (may occur as weed wherever sorghum is cult.)


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  2. de Wet, J. M. J. 1978. Systematics and evolution of Sorghum sect. Sorghum (Gramineae). Amer. J. Bot. 65:481.
  3. Dillon, S. L. et al. 2007. Sorghum resolved as a distinct genus based on combined ITS1, ndhF and Adh1 analyses. Pl. Syst. Evol. 268:29-43.
  4. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America.
  5. Harlan, J. R. & J. M. J. de Wet. 1976. A simplified classification of cultivated Sorghum. Crop Sci. (Madison) 12:176.
  6. International Seed Testing Association. 1982. A Multilingual Glossary of Common Plant-Names 1. Field crops, grasses and vegetables, ed. 2.
  7. Kellerman, T. S. et al. 1988. Plant poisonings and mycotoxicoses of livestock in Southern Africa Note: poisonous
  8. Krizek, D. 2008. pers. comm. Note: re. common names
  9. Mabberley, D. J. 1997. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2
  10. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  11. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants Note: = Sorghum ×drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase
  12. Sahoo, L. et al. 2010. Growth and fitness components of wild × cultivated Sorghum bicolor (Poaceae) hybrids in Nebraska. Amer. J. Bot. 97:1610-1617. Note: = Sorghum bicolor subsp. drummondii "Nees ex Steud de Wet & Harlan"
  13. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952-. Flora of tropical East Africa. Note: = Sorghum ×drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase
  14. Wiersema, J. H. & J. Dahlberg. 2007. The nomenclature of Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench (Gramineae). Taxon 56:944.
  15. Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): III. Subfamilies Panicoideae, Aristidoideae, Arundinoideae, and Danthonioideae. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 46:600. Note: = Sorghum ×drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase
  16. 1998. Federal Seed Act and Regulations, Agricultural and Vegetable Kind Lists, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Seed Regulatory and Testing Branch.

Check other web resources for Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench nothosubsp. drummondii (Steud.) de Wet ex Davidse :

  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=410498. Accessed 3 June 2020.