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Dichanthium caricosum

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

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthshallow (20-50 cm)shallow (20-50 cm)
Temperat. requir.32351240Soil textureheavy, mediumheavy, medium, light
Rainfall (annual)1500250012003000Soil fertilitymoderatelow
Latitude--2030Soil Al. toxlow (6-15% of CEC)low (6-15% of CEC)
Altitude --- --- 6001000Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)low (<4 dS/m)
Soil PH5.5758Soil drainagepoorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells)poorly (saturated >50% of year), well (dry spells)
Light intensityvery brightcloudy skiesvery brightlight shade

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.flooding, grazing/browsingAbiotic suscept.
Introduction risks.

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemCrop cycle180240
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
grazingphase plantingDesmodium heterophyllum, Desmodium triflorum, Alysicarpus vaginalis, Mimosa pudica, Arachis sp.lowlow

(at most )

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