Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

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Common names:
Derivation of specific name: bicolor: 2-coloured
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: comprises all the grain sorghums, some of which are cultivated in the Flora Zambesiaca area, especially in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Growth form(s):
Insects associated with this species: Cnaphalocrocis trapezalis (Larval foodplant)
Mocis proverai (Larval food plant)
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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 110.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 28.

Other sources of information about Sorghum bicolor:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Sorghum bicolor
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sorghum bicolor
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sorghum bicolor

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sorghum bicolor
African Plant Database: Sorghum bicolor
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sorghum bicolor
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sorghum bicolor
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sorghum bicolor
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iNaturalist: Sorghum bicolor
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sorghum bicolor
JSTOR Plant Science: Sorghum bicolor
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sorghum bicolor
Plants of the World Online: Sorghum bicolor
Tropicos: Sorghum bicolor
Wikipedia: Sorghum bicolor

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Sorghum bicolor., retrieved 30 November 2023

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