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Taxon: Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.

Genus: Pennisetum
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Paniceae
Nomen number: 27187
Place of publication: Prodr. 195. 1810
Comment: valid publication verified from original literature
Name verified on: 09-Nov-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-Nov-2009
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 1336 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:


Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (fide Cover Crop Database)
  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Hort Rev 39:134. 2012)
  • Environmental: soil improver   (fide Cover Crop Database)
  • Human food: cereal   (fide Grass Camer)
  • Animal food: fodder   (for birdseed fide CultTropS)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Food Feed Crops US)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of sugarcane   (using protoplast fusion fide Proc Natl Acad Sci 83:5616)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Geigy Weed Tables. 1968)

Distributional range:

    China: China
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    United States




Check other web resources for Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (26 November 2015)

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