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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Panicoideae
Tribus: Andropogoneae
Subtribus: Apludinae
Genus: Sorghastrum
Species: S. balansae – S. brunneum – S. chasae – S. contractum – S. crassum – S. elliottii – S. fuscescens – S. incompletum – S. minarum – S. nudipes – S. nutans – S. pellitum – S. pogonostachyum – S. pohlianum – S. scaberrimum – S. secundum – S. setosum – S. stipoides – S. tisserantii – S. viride

Sorghastrum Nash in N.L.Britton, Man. Fl. N. States: 71 (1901)
Type species: Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash in J.K.Small, Fl. S.E. U.S.: 66 (1903)


Chalcoelytrum Lunell, Amer. Midl. Naturalist 4: 212 (1915), nom. superfl.
Poranthera Raf., Bull. Bot. (Geneva) 1: 221 (1830), nom. illeg.
Dipogon Willd. ex Steud., Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2, 1: 518 (1840), pro syn.


Nash, G.V. (1901) Manual of the Flora of the Northern States and Canada 71.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Sorghastrum in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Dec. 7. Reference page.
Simon, B.K., Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T., Vorontsova, M., Brake, I., Healy, D. & Alfonso, Y. 2013. GrassWorld, Sorghastrum. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Dec. 7. 2013. Sorghastrum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Dec. 7.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Sorghastrum. Published online. Accessed: 7 Dec. 2013.

Sorghastrum is a genus of grasses, native to Africa and the Americas.[4]

Members of the genus are commonly known as Indiangrass.[5]


Sorghastrum balansae (Hack.) Dávila - Paraguay
Sorghastrum brunneum Swallen - Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras
Sorghastrum chaseae Swallen - Mato Grosso, Paraíba
Sorghastrum contractum (Hack.) M.Kuhlm. & Kuhn - Brazil
Sorghastrum crassum Renvoize - Bolivia
Sorghastrum elliottii (C.Mohr) Nash – Slender Indiangrass - southeastern + south-central USA (Texas to Virginia)
Sorghastrum fuscescens (Pilg.) Clayton - Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi
Sorghastrum incompletum (J.Presl) Nash - Latin America from Mexico to Bolivia; Africa from Senegal to Zimbabwe
Sorghastrum minarum (Nees) Hitchc. - Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina
Sorghastrum nudipes Nash - Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Limpopo, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Angola
Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash – Yellow Indiangrass - Canada, USA, Mexico, Honduras
Sorghastrum pellitum (Hack.) Parodi - Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay
Sorghastrum pogonostachyum (Stapf) Clayton - Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi
Sorghastrum pohlianum Dávila, L.I.Cabrera & R.Lira - Socorro Island in Colima
Sorghastrum scaberrimum (Nees) Herter - Brazil
Sorghastrum secundum (Elliott) Nash – Lopsided Indiangrass - southeastern USA; Bahamas
Sorghastrum setosum (Griseb.) Hitchc. – Sandysoil Indiangrass - Latin America + West Indies from Veracruz to Uruguay
Sorghastrum stipoides (Kunth) Nash – Needle Indiangrass - tropical + southern Africa; naturalized in Latin America
Sorghastrum tisserantii Clayton - Central African Rep
Sorghastrum viride Swallen - Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay


"Genus: Sorghastrum Nash". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1999-03-09. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Tropicos, Sorghastrum Nash
Nash, George Valentine. 1901. Manual of the Flora of the northern States and Canada page 71
"Sorghastrum". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
"GRIN Species Records of Sorghastrum". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-11-06.

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