Rhodes Grass


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Rhodes Grass

 

(Chloris gayana), a perennial plant of the family Gramineae. Rhodes grass is 90 to 180 cm tall and has long, fruticose-aggregate, leafy shoots that root at the nodes. The leaf blades are broadly linear, and the inflorescence has digitately approximate spike-like branchlets. The spikelets, which are two- to four-flowered, are arranged in two rows. The lemma is awned. Rhodes grass grows in arid mountain regions of South and East Africa. It is cultivated as a pasture and hay plant in arid tropics and subtropics. The plant tolerates grazing and pasturing well.

REFERENCE

Beliuchenko, I. S. Zlakovye kormovye rasteniia tropicheskogo poiasa, part 1. Moscow, 1969.
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Lawes and Robertson (2008) Seasonal variability of Rhodes grass production in the northern West Australia wheatbelt.
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