Moench, Meth 207 (1794).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Sorghums.
Annual or perennial, often robust; leaf blades usually flat and large; ligule membranous.
Inflorescence a panicle; spikelets in pairs along the panicle-branches and in three's at the summit, 1 spikelet sessile and bisexual, the other 1 or 2 pedicellate and male or sterile; the first glume of the fertile spikelet becoming hard and shining, the first lemma thin and empty, the second (fertile) lemma small, ciliate and hyaline with a very short or a twisted and bent awn rising between its 2 teeth; pedicellate spikelets awnless.
About 60 species from the tropics and subtropics.
Several species are cultivated in S.Aust. mainly as stock feed. These rarely occur as escapes and only 1 is regarded as certainly naturalised. Identification of the others is difficult.
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