Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Sorghum halepense (L.) Pers.
Johnson grass, St Mary's grass, aleppo grass, Egyptian millet, false guineagrass, Cuba grass, Syria grass, evergreen millet, maidencane, meansgrass
Invasive, Potential minor problem species
Origin: Mediterranean to India
Growth Form: Graminoid
Plant Description: Plant: Reedlike perennial up to 3 m high, with an extensive system of branched rhizomes; stems (culms) stout and erect; nodes without spreading white hairs (as in S. versicolor). Leaves: Glabrous, striate, up to 600 mm long x 10–30 mm wide. Flowers: Large, open, reddish-brown, nodding panicle (C) up to 400 mm long, November–April; spikelets paired (D), one sessile (4–5(–7) mm long), the other pedicelled and longer; sessile spikelets variously coloured at maturity (as opposed to black in S. versicolor, black wild sorghum).
Key Features:
Control: high rate of non-selective herbicides, or remove manually
More information:
Natural Heritage Program Fact Sheet (pdf file)
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database

Photo - flowers/leaves

James Henson. USDA NRCS NPDC. Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. July 25, 2002.

Photo - flowers/leaves

Lowell Urbatsch @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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