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Chloris gayana

Rhodes grass is a summer growing perennial forage crop. Plants are tufted with stolons enabling stands to fill open spaces. The stolons and deep root system (up to 4.7 m) makes this species highly adaptable, while also providing good soil cover for erosion control.


This grass is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall exceeds 500 mm.

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  • 2 to 18 t DM/ha/season
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Perennial pasture species

  • Widely adapted

  • High salt tolerance

  • Tolerant to heavy grazing

  • Few pests and diseases

  • Can suppress nematodes

  • Good seed production

  • Has the ability to spread naturally

  • Often used for erosion control

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