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Product: Sorghum

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   Sorghum belongs to these categories: Animal fodder, Food crops
   and originated in Africa

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 WILD RELATIVES
 ORIGINS
 EARLY USES
 TRANSFER AND SPREAD
 AGRICULTURE
 MODERN CONTEXT
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SORGHUM

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.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench - Sorghum)