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Publication Date

11-2009

Series Number

4775

Abstract

There is considerable interest in growing sub-tropical (or warm season) perennial grasses for out-of-season green feed, especially on the south coast and in the northern agricultural region (NAR). They consist of two types: creeping grasses, which spread by either above ground runners (stolons) or below ground runners (rhizomes) and bunch grasses, which are tufted and do not spread by runners.

The main species sown include Panic grass, Rhodes grass, Kikuyu, Setaria, Signal grass, Digit grass, and Bambatsi panic and are often sown as a mixture, comprising 2 or more species. This bulletin describes how to identify these grasses at the seedling stage.

Number of Pages

20

ISSN

1833-7236

Keywords

Perennials, Grasses, Seedlings, Chloris gayana, Panicum maximum, Pennisetum clandestinum, Setaria sphacelata

Disciplines

Agronomy and Crop Sciences

Identifying sub-tropical grass seedlings

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