Sorghum leiocladum

Family Poaceae

Wild Sorghum

Tufted perennial grass to 1 m high with radiating roots. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: November – March. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry 1- seeded , indehiscent.

Seed: Flowers annually but seed yield dependent on seasons. Locally dispersed, no specialied disperal mechanism. Fresh seed germinates readily, no dormancy.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Grassy woodland habitat.
  • Rare and localised in the woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden, few new plants recorded over last decade.
  • Resprouts after fire.
  • C4 warm season metabolism.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Sorghum leiocladum plant

Sorghum leiocladum flower