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Andropogon scoparius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae

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Andropogoneae is a tribe of grasses (family Poaceae) widespread throughout tropical and temperate regions. They use C4 carbon fixation physiology. All members of this tribe specifically utilize the NADP–malic enzyme subtype of C4 photosynthesis. This tribe is commonly referred to as the sorghum tribe. Genera belonging to this tribe include: Andropogon, Bothriochloa, Chrysopogon, Coix, Dicanthium, Saccharum, Miscanthus, Schizachyrium, Sorghum, Zea, Sorghastrum, Tripsacum, Heteropogon, Trachypogon, Imperata and Themeda. Occurrence of this grass is abundant in the tropical savannas of India, Australia, Africa and South America. The popular farmed sugarcane is derived from this, as well as the very important food crops maize (Indian corn) and sorghum.