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Paspalum notatum

Bahia grass is a summer growing perennial forage crop. This creeping grass grows with rhizome-like stolons enabling stands to fill open areas and make dense, tough sods even on drought-prone sandy soils.


The growth form enables this species to be highly adaptable to dry conditions while providing good soil cover for erosion control. This grass is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall varies between 650mm and 1500mm.

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  • 3 to 10 t DM/ha/season under dryland conditions
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Perennial species

  • Widely adapted

  • Dryland cropping and under irrigation

  • Highly palatable

  • Ideal for sheep

  • Cold tolerant

  • Fair shade tolerance

  • Good short term drought tolerance

  • Tolerant of close grazing and traffic wear

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