Tropical Grasslands (1985) Volume 19, 156–163

ADAPTATION AND AGRONOMY OF CLITORIA TERNATEA L. IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

T.J. HALL

Agriculture Branch, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, P.O. Box 10541 Mareeba, Qld., Australia 4880.

Abstract

Clitoria ternatea L. is well adapted to heavy cracking clay soils in northern Australia. In north-west Queensland it has persisted for fourteen years and spread under heavy dry season grazing on infertile grey clays. It responds to superphosphate on these soils. Clitoria has also established and spread on lighter textured, jertile frontage soils in the 450 to 1000 mm rainfall zone under light grazing. The performance of clitoria in Australia is discussed, with emphasis on its potential for incorporation in grazing systems in north Queensland.

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