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Dichanthium aristatum

Description
Life formgrassPhysiologymulti stem
Habiterect, prostrate/procumbent/semi-erectCategoryforage/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.2230535Soil texturemedium, lightheavy, medium, light
Rainfall (annual)87512006001800Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude10103535Soil Al. tox
Altitude --- --- -1500Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)medium (4-10 dS/m)
Soil PH574.58Soil drainagepoorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells)poorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells), excessive (dry/moderately dry)
Light intensityvery brightvery brightvery brightcloudy skies

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), subtropical humid (Cf)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours)
Killing temp. during restno inputKilling temp. early growthno input
Abiotic toler.drought, flooding, grazing/browsingAbiotic suscept.
Introduction risks.can become a weed

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemlarge scale/commercialCrop cycle120180
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
grazingphase plantingBothriochloa insculpta, Dichanthium annulatum, Dichanthium caricosum, Panicum coloratum, Setaria incrassata. Dichanthium aristatumlowlow

(at most )

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