Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench (Poaceae).
First given the name Holcus bicolor by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, Conrad Moench transferred cultivated sorghum into its own
genus in 1794.
Native to Africa; probably derived from wild species in western and central parts of the continent.
Life form: annual grass up to 6 m tall.
Parts used: mature seeds used as grain; stems used as animal forage and now in the production of industrial ethanol.