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Setaria sphacelata var. sericea

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

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthmedium (50-150 cm)shallow (20-50 cm)
Temperat. requir.22301636Soil texturemedium, lightheavy, medium, light, wide
Rainfall (annual)100015006503000Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude7-3035Soil Al. tox
Altitude --- --- 6003300Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)low (<4 dS/m)
Soil PH5.56.557Soil drainagewell (dry spells)poorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells)
Light intensitycloudy skiesvery brightlight shadevery bright

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), subtropical humid (Cf)Photoperiod
Killing temp. during rest-4Killing temp. early growth-1
Abiotic toler.floodingAbiotic suscept.drought
Introduction risks.can become a weed

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemsmall scale (manual), large scale/commercialCrop cycle120210
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
grazingphase plantingNeonotonia wightii, Desmodium intortum, Desmodium uncinatum, Macroptilium atropurpureum, Vigna parkeri, Lotus uliginosus, Trifolium repenslowlow

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Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
animal food (feed)vitaminsentire plant
animal food (feed)mineralsentire plant
environmentalerosion controlentire plant