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Panicum maximum

Guinea / Buffalo grass is a summer growing perennial species. This grass is highly variable and can be tufted with or without short rhizomes.


Pastures are usually used as long-term pastures if the soil fertility is maintained. The tolerance to shade makes this species suited for agroforestry. This grass is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall is 550 mm per annum.

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  • 10 – 60 t DM/ha/season
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Perennial pasture species

  • Very leafy

  • High quality feed

  • High production potential

  • Readily eaten by all stock

  • Suited to grazing and cutting

  • Drought tolerant

  • Early season growth in some lines

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