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Taxon: Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash

Genus: Sorghastrum
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Panicoideae tribe: Andropogoneae
Nomen number: 35084
Place of publication: J. K. Small, Fl. s.e. U.S. 66, 1326. 1903
Name verified on: 12-Jun-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 22-May-2003
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 62 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.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (of range, roadsides, and prairies fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Hort Rev 39:130. 2012)
  • Environmental: revegetator   (of range, roadsides, and prairies fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Environmental: wildlife habitat   (fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 1999, 2001)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Intermt F; Grass VarUSA)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • naturalized elsewhere

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash:


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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: (25 November 2015)

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