Common name: wild sorghum
Sorghum leiocladum (Hack.) C.E.Hubb. APNI*
Synonyms: Sarga leiocladum (Hack.) Sprangler APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial to 1 m high; nodes with hairs to 0.5 mm long.
Leaves with ligule membranous, to 1 mm long, often with hairs to 0.25 mm long; orifice with hairs to 5 mm long; blade flat, to 4 cm wide.
Inflorescence open, 7–15 cm long, to 3 cm wide. Spikelets paired, 6–8 mm long, florets 2; lower spikelet sessile, upper spikelet pedicellate, terminal spikelets in triplets. Glumes 6–7 mm long, awnless, margin ciliate with hairs to 0.5 mm long; lower 7–11-nerved, with hairs to 2 mm long; upper 5-nerved, upper 50% with hairs to 1 mm long. Sterile lemma 5.5–7 mm long, awnless, 1–2-nerved; palea absent or reduced. Fertile lemma 2.5–4 mm long, 2-lobed, margin ciliate with hairs c. 0.25 mm long, with an awn to 25 mm long in sinus; palea absent or reduced. Pedicellate spikelet 5–8 mm long, reduced.
Flowering: Flowers in summer.
Distribution and occurrence:
In woodland on poorer soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & K. L. McClay: updated Jacobs, S.W.L., Whalley, R.D.B. & Wheeler, D.J.B.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993): updated Grasses of New South Wales, Fourth Edition (2008).
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