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Desmodium ovalifolium

Description
Life formvine, sub-shrubPhysiologymulti stem
Habiterect, climber/scrambler/scadentCategoryforage/pasture, cover crop, environmental
Life spanperennialPlant attributesgrown on large scale, grown on small scale

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthmedium (50-150 cm)shallow (20-50 cm)
Temperat. requir.1424434Soil textureheavy, medium, lightheavy, medium, light
Rainfall (annual)2000300010004000Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude--2024Soil Al. toxmedium (16-25% of CEChigh (<5% of CEC)
Altitude --- --- -1000Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)low (<4 dS/m)
Soil PH4.56.547Soil drainagewell (dry spells)poorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells), excessive (dry/moderately dry)
Light intensitycloudy skieslight shadeclear skiesheavy shade

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), subtropical humid (Cf)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours), neutral day (12-14 hours), long day (>14 hours)
Killing temp. during restno inputKilling temp. early growthno input
Abiotic toler.flooding, grazing/browsingAbiotic suscept.fire
Introduction risks.

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemlarge scale/commercialCrop cycle150210
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
perennial cropsinter-croppingrubber, oil palm, coffee, teamediumhigh
grazingphase plantingBrachiaria decumbens, Brachiaria brizantha, Brachiaria humidicola, Digitaria eriantha, Andropogon gayanus, Panicum maximum, Cynodon nlemfuensis, Digitaria decumbenslowlow

(at most )

Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
animal food (feed)vitaminsentire plant
animal food (feed)mineralsentire plant
environmentalerosion controlentire plant
environmentalcover cropentire plant
environmentalmanure/fertilizerentire plant
environmentalsoil improversentire plant