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Pennisetum clandestinum

Description
Life formgrassPhysiologymulti stem
Habitprostrate/procumbent/semi-erectCategoryforage/pasture, ornamentals/turf, environmental, weed
Life spanperennialPlant attributesgrown on large scale, grown on small scale

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthdeep (>>150 cm)medium (50-150 cm)
Temperat. requir.1626531Soil textureheavy, mediumheavy, medium, light
Rainfall (annual)90016007003000Soil fertilityhighmoderate
Latitude--2227Soil Al. toxlow (6-15% of CEC)high (<5% of CEC)
Altitude --- --- -3500Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)medium (4-10 dS/m)
Soil PH55.54.57Soil drainagewell (dry spells)well (dry spells), excessive (dry/moderately dry)
Light intensityvery brightvery brightlight shadecloudy skies

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), subtropical humid (Cf), temperate oceanic (Do)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours), neutral day (12-14 hours), long day (>14 hours)
Killing temp. during rest-9Killing temp. early growth-2
Abiotic toler.fire, drought, flooding, grazing/browsing, tramplingAbiotic suscept.
Introduction risks.can become a weed

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemsmall scale (manual), large scale/commercialCrop cycle180270
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
grazingphase plantingArachis pintoi, Trifolium repens, Trifolium burchellianum, Trifolium semipilosum, Vigna parkerilowlow

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Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
animal food (feed)vitaminsentire plant
animal food (feed)mineralsentire plant
animal food (feed)proteinentire plant
environmentalerosion controlentire plant
environmentalornamental/turfentire plant