Sorghum × drummondii (Nees ex Steud.) Millsp. & Chase

This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Sudan.

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Morphology General Habit
Annual; culms solitary. Culms erect; 150-200 cm long; 3-6 mm diam. Leaves cauline. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blades 15-20 cm long; 8-12 mm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a panicle with branches tipped by a raceme. Panicle open; ovate, or pyramidal; 15-30 cm long; 8-15 cm wide. Primary panicle branches ascending, or spreading; 2-5 -nate; 5-15 cm long. Panicle branches flexuous; scaberulous. Racemes 1.5-2.5 cm long; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 2-5 fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis tough; ciliate on margins. Rhachis hairs 0.5-0.75 mm long. Rhachis internodes filiform; 2.5-4 mm long. Rhachis internode tip transverse; cupuliform. Spikelets appressed; in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels filiform; flattened; 2-3.5 mm long; ciliate; with 0.5-0.75 mm long hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; male; lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 5.5-8 mm long; shorter than fertile; persistent. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; 9-11 -veined; glabrous; acute; muticous. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas enclosed by glumes. Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; subacute; 6-7.5 mm long; 2-3 mm wide; persistent on plant. Spikelet callus pilose; base obtuse.
Sterile
Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; male; lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 5.5-8 mm long; shorter than fertile; persistent. Companion sterile spikelet glumes chartaceous; 9-11 -veined; glabrous; acute; muticous. Companion sterile spikelet lemmas enclosed by glumes.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; dorsally compressed; subacute; 6-7.5 mm long; 2-3 mm wide; persistent on plant. Spikelet callus pilose; base obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes dissimilar; with lower wider than upper; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma; shiny. Lower glume elliptic; 1 length of spikelet; coriaceous; much thinner above; yellow, or light brown; without keels; keel-less except near apex; 11-15 -veined. Lower glume primary vein scabrous. Lower glume lateral veins with cross-veins. Lower glume surface glabrous, or puberulous. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; coriaceous; much thinner above; without keels; keel-less except near apex; 7 -veined. Upper glume primary vein scabrous. Upper glume lateral veins with cross-veins. Upper glume apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret elliptic; 5-6.5 mm long; hyaline; 2 -veined; ciliate on margins; acute. Fertile lemma ovate; 3.5-4.5 mm long; hyaline; 1 -veined. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; with lobes 0.5-1 mm long; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate; 10-16 mm long overall; with twisted column. Column of lemma awn glabrous. Palea absent or minute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 2; oblong; fleshy; ciliate; hairy across the apex. Anthers 3; 4 mm long. Stigmas 2; laterally exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid, or obovoid; dorsally compressed; 3.5-4.5 mm long. Hilum punctiform. Endosperm farinose.
Distribution
Europe: central, southeastern, and eastern. Africa: north, Macaronesia, west tropical, west-central tropical, northeast tropical, east tropical, southern tropical, south, and western Indian ocean. Asia-temperate: Siberia, Soviet Middle Asia, Caucasus, western Asia, Arabia, China, and Mongolia. Asia-tropical: India and Malesia. Australasia: Australia. Pacific: southwestern, south-central, northwestern, and north-central. North America: north-central USA, southwest USA, southeast USA, and Mexico. South America: Mesoamericana, Brazil, and southern South America.
Reference
Andropogoneae. =Sorghum sudanense. Snowden 1994.

Native to:

Chad, Egypt, Mali, Niger, Sudan

Introduced into:

Alabama, Arizona, Austria, Botswana, Brazil Southeast, California, Cape Provinces, Caroline Is., Central European Rus, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., El Salvador, Florida, Free State, Gulf of Guinea Is., Gulf States, Hawaii, Honduras, Illinois, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iraq, Jamaica, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kirgizstan, Krym, Louisiana, Madagascar, Manchuria, Marianas, Massachusetts, Mexico Southeast, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, Northern Provinces, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Panamá, Pennsylvania, Pitcairn Is., Québec, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sinai, Society Is., South Carolina, South European Russi, Tadzhikistan, Tennessee, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Virginia, Xinjiang, Yemen

Sorghum × drummondii (Nees ex Steud.) Millsp. & Chase appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Publ. Field Columb. Mus., Bot. Ser. 3: 21 (1903)

Accepted by

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  • Boulos, L. (2005). Flora of Egypt 4: 1-617. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
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  • Clayton, W.D. & Snow, N. (2010). A key to Pacific Grasses: 1-107. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Danihelka, J. Chrtek, J. & Kaplan, Z. (2012). Checklist of vascular plants of the Czech Republic Preslia. Casopsi Ceské Botanické Spolecnosti 84: 647-811.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1985). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 9: 1-724. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Engelmaier, P. & Wilhalm, T. (2018). Alien grasses (Poaceae) in the flora of the Eastern Alps Neilreichia 9: 177-245.
  • Exell, A.W. (1973). Angiosperms of the islands of the gulf of Guinea (Fernando Po, Príncipe, S.Tomé, and Annobon) Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Botany 4: 325-411.
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