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Sorghum halepense (L.) Pers.


Sorghum halepense is a tall (up to 8 ft. [2.4 m]), rhizomatous, perennial grass that invades open areas throughout the United States.
The 2 ft. (0.6 m) long, lanceolate leaves are arranged alternately along a stout, hairless, somewhat upward branching stem and have distinct, white midribs.
Flowers occur in a loose, spreading, purplish panicle.
Fruits are also produced in a panicle. Seeds form in the sessile spikelets.
Ecological Threat
Sorghum halepense is adapted to a wide variety of habitats including open forests, old fields, ditches and wetlands. It spreads aggressively and can form dense colonies which displace native vegetation and restrict tree seedling establishment. Sorghum halepense has naturalized throughout the world, but it is thought to be native to the Mediterranean region. It was first introduced into the United States in the early 1800s as a forage crop.


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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Invasives List

Most Troublesome / Most Common Agricultural Weed List
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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Sorghum

Other System Links

Plants: SOHA
Bayer: SORHA
GRIN: 35119
ITIS: 42111
NPDN Host: 22033

Synonyms and Other Names

Related Scientific Names:

Holcus halepensis (L.) Pers.(Synonym)
Sorghum miliaceum (L.) Pers.(Synonym)


Category: Grass or Grasslike