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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
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.)
  • = 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. Last updated: 08-Jan-2014
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 88 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.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
CA(perennial sweet sudangrass)*°, DE(perennial sweet sudangrass)°, IN(only shattercane)*, NJ(perennial sweet sudangrass)°, NV(perennial sweet sudangrass)°.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See other conspecific taxa:

Common names:

  • chicken-corn   (Source: Amer J Bot 65:481.) – English
  • shattercane   (Source: Crop Sci 12:176.1972) – English
  • sordan   (Source: D. Krizek, p.c. [via email on 15 Nov 2000]) – English
  • sorghum-sudangrass   (Source: Federal Seed Act [as S. ×drummondii]) – English
  • Sudan grass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • sorgho du Soudan   (Source: Dict Rehm [as S. ×drummondii]) – French
  • sorgho menu   (Source: Dict Rehm [as S. ×drummondii]) – French
  • Sudangras   (Source: Dict Rehm [as S. ×drummondii]) – German
  • sorgo gentile   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • pasto Sudán   (Source: Dict Rehm [as S. ×drummondii]) – Spanish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: soil improver   (fide Cover Crop Database, as S. ×drummondii)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Pl Book, as Sudangrass)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of sorghum   (fide Godwin 136. 2000 as "Sorghum sudanensis")
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Kingsbury, as S. sudanense; Kellerman et al.)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Amer J Bot 65:481. 1978)

Distributional range:

  • may occur as weed wherever sorghum is cultivated

  • one form (Sudangrass) widely cultivated for forage



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

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops


  • 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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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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