Wild sorghum burned out

Indeed. Here’s the map of the distribution of Sorghum leiocladum according to GBIF.


Compare with where those terrible fires are happening.

The species is in the tertiary genepool, so not particularly closely related to the crop, but there’s an indication of some potential for use in breeding for protein content.

There are 35 accessions in the genebanks that Genesys knows about, mainly in the Australian Grains Genebank. Unfortunately, I can’t find locality data. But they do seem to be in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, although Genesys seems to think otherwise. Must look into that…

One Reply to “Wild sorghum burned out”

  1. As this sorghum has a geniculate awn with a twisted column it very probably can bury its seed to prevent fire damage (as can lots of other grasses). Come back next year and there may be lots of it growing as a monodominant. There’s more on fire and Australian Sorghum in Lazarides, M., Hacker, J.B. and Andrew, M.H.. 1991. “Taxonomy, Cytology and Ecology and Indigenous Austraian Sorgums (Sorghum Moench: Andropogoneae: Poaceae).” Australian Systematic Botany 4: 591–635.

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