June 15, 2015
Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench Poaceae (Grass family)
Erect summer annual.
Leaves are rolled in the bud, sparsely hairy at the base. Leaf sheaths are hairless but can be sparsely hairy at maturity. Leaves are 1 to 4 inches wide at maturity with a prominent, white midrib.
Membranous with a fringe of hairs.
Erect, robust stems grow up to 8 feet tall, resembling corn.
Flowers and fruit
The seedhead is a large, open panicle. Spikelets are paired as fertile (long) and sterile (short) florets. Reddish black, rounded, flattened seeds are ellipsoid to ovoid and shiny, they often shatter before crop harvest.
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