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Pennisetum glaucum

Description
Life formgrassPhysiology
HabiterectCategorycereals & pseudocereals
Life spanannualPlant attributesgrown on large scale

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthdeep (>>150 cm)medium (50-150 cm)
Temperat. requir.25351240Soil texturemedium, lightmedium, light
Rainfall (annual)4009002001700Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude18142832Soil Al. tox
Altitude --- --- -1800Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)medium (4-10 dS/m)
Soil PH56.54.58.3Soil drainagewell (dry spells)well (dry spells), excessive (dry/moderately dry)
Light intensityvery brightvery brightvery brightclear skies

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), desert or arid (Bw), steppe or semiarid (Bs), subtropical humid (Cf), subtropical dry summer (Cs), subtropical dry winter (Cw)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours), neutral day (12-14 hours)
Killing temp. during rest2Killing temp. early growth0
Abiotic toler.Abiotic suscept.
Introduction risks.

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemhome garden, small scale (manual), intermediate (animal drawn), large scale/commercialCrop cycle60120
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
permanent rainfedley cropping

(at most )

Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
animal food (feed)vitaminsseeds
animal food (feed)mineralsleaves
food & beveragestarchseeds
food & beveragevitaminsseeds
food & beveragemineralsseeds
fuelsnon-wood fuelleaves
animal food (feed)mineralsleaves