Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 35–41 | Cite as

On the Taxonomy of the Members of ‘Saccharum Complex’

  • V. Alfonse Amalraj
  • N. Balasundaram


The difficulty and problems encountered in the study of cultivated plants, in general and sugarcane, in particular has been indicated. In order to understand these problems, a brief review on the taxonomy of Saccharum and closely related taxa, namely, Erianthus, Sclerostachya, Narenga and Miscanthus (generally known as ‘Saccharum complex’) has been given. A short account on the important morphological features that are specific to sugarcane has also been stated as classification is commonly based on such morphological characters. A note has been added on the chromosome number, origin, and distribution of the species of ‘Saccharum complex’ members. Taxonomic keys have been devised for identification of the genera of Saccharinae and for the species of Saccharum and Erianthus occurring in India. A new combination, Sclerostachya fallax (Balansa) Amalraj et Balasundaram, has also been proposed.


Erianthus Miscanthus Narenga Saccharinae Saccharum complex Sclerostachya Taxonomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Crop ImprovementSugarcane Breeding Institute (ICAR)CoimbatoreS. India

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