Sorghum halepense (L.) Pers., Syn. Pl. 1: 101 1805. (Syn. Andropogon arundinaceus Scop. …..; Blumenbachia halepensis (L.) Koeler; Holcus decolorans Willd. …; Milium halepense (L.) Cav.; Rhaphis halepensis (L.) Roberty; Sorghum bicolor subsp. halepense Barkworth et al. ………; Trachypogon avenaceus Nees [Illegitimate] ….);
Johnson Grass, Aleppo grass, Aleppo milletgrass • Bengali: jowar • Hindi: baru, chinna, bajara, jangli-jowar • Kannada: huchhu jola, impi jola, kaadu galagu hullu, kahijola • Telugu: gaddi janu;
Grass week: 071210GS2 a grass for ID from Delhi: a grass for ID from Delhi. This another taller grass had less
branched panicle with reddish spikelets, growing in Sunder Nursery in Delhi.
Grass week: 081210GS1 a grass for ID from Delhi: Relatively tall grass, up to 1.5 m tall, with broad (nearly 15-20 mm) leaves and spreading panicle. Herbal Garden, Delhi, 213 m alt. Photographed in June, 2009.
– May be Panicum antidotum ?
– to me it seems to be Sorghum halpense. not panicum as here spikelets are sessile as well as pedicellate. in panicum all spikelets are same
– it is Sorghum halepense
Wild Grass for ID : MNP,Mumbai : 121012 : AK-1: Wild grass seen at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai on 19/9/2010.
Plant was around 5-6 feet in height.
I think its Sorghum halepense
Kindly post photograph of whole plant also. The leaves seems to be broad. However, we have to see the lower leaves too. Also post photo of the inflorescence when it is completely out of the sheath. We have to check whether the branches are verticillate or not. Also see whether the root system is rhizomatous, stoloniferous, etc. or whether it is found in isolated culms or growing gregariously. The broad leaf makes me think it is different from S.halepense. Also see whether the sheath nodes are hairy or not, if possible take a photo of the node also. A close up macro of a spikelet pair would be desirable. For this, you can break a branch of the inflorescence, spread out the spikelets with your hand and then take a photo so that pedicelled and sessile spikelets can be distinguished.
Will try to follow your instructions when I visit the place again.
Thanks for the keen interest shown in my picture.
On searching through my pictures, I found one more picture of the same.
I have also noted all the points that you have asked me to cover during my next visit. Although I am not a trained Botanist, will try to take more pictures.
Might have to wait till the next monsoon season when you find all these wild plants growing.
Hope this picture helps, don’t know how I missed it earlier.
It is Sorghum halepense, as suggested by … As it is rhizomatous (evident by the gregarious growth of the plant as seen in the backgroud of the new photo. If it was not rhizomatous, then it would have been a single clump, instead of spreading all over. The linear nature of the leaf is also evident from the new photos.
Attachments (4). 7 posts by 3 authors.
 AP3-Plant for id from Ambala Cantt Haryana : Attachments (7). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Please members help me to identify this plant..
habitat- waste ground
habit- herbaceous, erect
height- about 7 ft
May be Sorghum halepense..
… has identfied it correctly
Unknown grass species from Kamrup district, Assam. : Attachments (9). 5 posts by 2 authors.
Attached images are unknown grass species from Kamrup district, Assam. Please ID the species.
Location: Kamrup district
Genus & species : Unknown
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Herb
Could be near Bothriochloa / Dichantium. Send me a specimen and I can tell.
it is Sorghum helpense
Could well be. The epithet is then halepense.
Yes it is Sorghum halepense
Poaceae plant for Id Mumbai. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Please identify this plant image, taken in May-2015, Mumbai.
This is probably a Sorghum sp.
Place: Mohali, Punjab
Habitat: Found close to Dactylon spp.
it seems to be Sorghum helpense
Sorghum halepense – Johnson’s grass (a fooder grass turned weed)
It is Sorghum sp.
200618 AS1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 Mb and 4 Mb.
Need ID please
This one is Sorghum helpense?
great, … nice to know the dx
Univ Michigan has a nice page for diagnosis:
And … : when do you think it came to Indiahow wide spread is it?
i found a short but very interesting history of its introduction to USA:
Its called JOHNSON GRASS BECAUSE A MR JOHNSON INTRODUCED IT TO USA IN 1840….
This link is for a thoughtfully written and researched essay on Johnson grass.
I quote from the page
In North America it occurs in southern Ontario south through all the contiguous United Statesexcept Maine [72,109,206] to the Rio Grande Delta region of Tamaulipas and the Cape region of Baja California Sur in Mexico . Johnson grass also occurs in Hawaii and the Caribbean .
In the United States, Johnson grass was introduced in South Carolina from Turkey around 1830.
William Johnson, whom the plant is named after, established Johnson grass
along the Alabama River in the 1840s as a forage species, and Johnson grass
widely escaped from cultivation in much of the United States.
Johnson grass is not persistent in the Pacific Northwest, upper northern Great Plains,
For references listed above , you have to go to page in the link below…. https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/sorhal/all.html “
it also mentions that its a good forage grass. too much of it may cause nitrogen toxicity, though.
several other websites list it as a weed:
and this site https://wiki.bugwood.org/Sorghum_halepense says”
Sorghum halepense is considered to be one of the ten worst weeds in the world. Fifty-three countries, ranging in latitude from 55 N to 45 S report Johnson grass as a major problem; the problem is most serious in the region from the Mediterranean to the Middle East and India, Australia, central South America and the Gulf Coast of the United States.” end quote“
my question are there publications or webpages regarding this pest status in india
and when did it come to India????
Please help me to identify this grass : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Please help me to identify this grass from Morena, M.P near Chambal River
Date of capture October 19
Chrysopogon fulvus ??
Thanks Sir Its Really Looks close
Poaceae plant for id : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 2 Mb.
Request for id of another grass species from Bilaspur. Photographed in May 2020.
Attaching another image showing the habit of the grass. Request for identification.
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Is it some species of Panicum?
Please help id this extremely tall grass locally called ‘barru’ : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Bhopal; black soil; moist areas; 5/10/2020
Sorghum spp., probably Sorghum halepense (close up of spikelets required for species level id)