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Melinis minutiflora

Description
Life formgrassPhysiologymulti stem
HabiterectCategoryforage/pasture, environmental
Life spanperennialPlant attributesgrown on large scale, grown on small scale

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthshallow (20-50 cm)shallow (20-50 cm)
Temperat. requir.2230836Soil texturemedium, lightheavy, medium, light
Rainfall (annual)90017007002700Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude16163030Soil Al. toxlow (6-15% of CEC)high (<5% of CEC)
Altitude --- --- -2200Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)low (<4 dS/m)
Soil PH57.54.38.4Soil drainagewell (dry spells)well (dry spells), excessive (dry/moderately dry)
Light intensityvery brightlight shadevery brightlight shade

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), subtropical humid (Cf)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours)
Killing temp. during rest-5Killing temp. early growth-1
Abiotic toler.Abiotic suscept.flooding
Introduction risks.can become a weed

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemlarge scale/commercialCrop cycle120210
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
grazingphase plantingChloris gayana, Setaria sphacelata, Centrosema pubescens, Desmodium intortum, Desmodium uncinatum, Macroptilium atropurpureum, Neonotonia wightii, Pueraria phaseoloides, Stylosanthes guianensis, Vigna parkerilowlow

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Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
animal food (feed)mineralsentire plant
animal food (feed)vitaminsentire plant
environmentalerosion controlentire plant
materialessential oilsleaves
poisoninsectsleaves
environmentalpioneerentire plant