Pseudosorghum A.Camus
  • Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 26: 662 (1921) 

General Description

HABIT Annual. Culms decumbent; 40-85-150 cm long; rooting from lower nodes (1/1). Ligule an eciliate membrane (1), or a ciliolate membrane (1). INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle with branches tipped by a raceme. Panicle open. Racemes bearing few fertile spikelets (1), or many spikelets (1); 3-6 fertile spikelets on each (1), or 10-14 fertile spikelets on each (1). Rhachis fragile at the nodes. Rhachis internodes filiform. Rhachis internode tip transverse. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 1 in the cluster. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster. Pedicels filiform; tip rectangular. STERILE SPIKELETS Companion sterile spikelets well-developed; separately deciduous. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 4-4.5-5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. Spikelet callus pilose; base obtuse; attached transversely. GLUMES Glumes reaching apex of florets (1), or exceeding apex of florets (1); firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; cartilaginous; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Lower glume surface convex (1), or flat (1). Lower glume apex truncate. Upper glume elliptic; cartilaginous; without keels; 5 -veined, or 6-7 -veined (1). Upper glume apex acute (1/1). FLORETS Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate; hyaline; 0 -veined (1), or 2 -veined (1); acute (1/1), or acuminate (1/1). Fertile lemma lanceolate (1), or oblong (1); hyaline. Lemma margins eciliate (1), or ciliate (1). Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; incised 0.4-0.45-0.5 of lemma length; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate. Palea absent or minute. FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 3 (1/1). DISTRIBUTION Temperate Asia (1), or Tropical Asia.


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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