|BRIEF DESCRIPTION An erect, bunchgrass with solid and succulent stems up to a height of 1.5-2 m. USES Used for pasture and for silage. GROWING PERIOD Perennial. COMMON NAMES Imperial, Maicillo, Cachi. FURTHER INF Scientific synonym: Paspalum scoparium. Imperial can be found at elevations from 600-1200 m in Panama, from 1200-2000 m in Colombia and 2 500 m in Costa Rica, but grows at 300 m in the eastern Llanos where nights are cool. It grows best in areas of high rainfall, well distributed. It will tolerate drought on deep soils. It prefers well-drained soils, such as sandy and alluvial soils well supplied with organic matter. Grazing is best introduced when the grass is 80-100 cm tall and stopped when it is 20-25 cm. Dry matter yield are usually 10-14 t/ha for unfertilized stands, but may be up to 42 t/ha for fertilized stands.
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Skerman P 1990 pp 215-216 [DRA, TEMP, RAIN, DEP, TEXT, FER, PH, USE]
Steven R. and Staberg P., 2005 [DRA, RAIN, DEP, USE]