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Desmodium heterophyllum

Description
Life formherbPhysiologymulti stem
Habitprostrate/procumbent/semi-erectCategoryforage/pasture, cover crop
Life spanperennialPlant attributesgrown on large scale, grown on small scale

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthshallow (20-50 cm)shallow (20-50 cm)
Temperat. requir.23281235Soil textureheavy, medium, lightheavy, medium, light
Rainfall (annual)2000400015005000Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude--1820Soil Al. toxmedium (16-25% of CEChigh (<5% of CEC)
Altitude --- --- -900Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)low (<4 dS/m)
Soil PH564.57Soil drainagewell (dry spells)poorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells), excessive (dry/moderately dry)
Light intensityclear skiescloudy skiesclear skieslight shade

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours)
Killing temp. during restno inputKilling temp. early growthno input
Abiotic toler.floodingAbiotic suscept.
Introduction risks.

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemsmall scale (manual), large scale/commercialCrop cycle120180
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
grazingphase plantingBrachiaria decumbens, Brachiaria humidicola, Dichanthium caricosum, Digitaria eriantha, Axonopus sp.lowlow

(at most )

Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
animal food (feed)vitaminsentire plant
animal food (feed)mineralsentire plant
animal food (feed)proteinentire plant
environmentalcover cropentire plant