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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.
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Perennials, Grasses, Seedlings, Chloris gayana, Panicum maximum, Pennisetum clandestinum, Setaria sphacelata
Agronomy and Crop Sciences
Wintle, B, Moore, G, and Nichols, P. (2009), Identifying sub-tropical grass seedlings. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4775.