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Angleton grass

(Dichanthium annulatum)

Angleton grass - illustration .
  • naturalised on heavy clay
  • can withstand periodic flooding
  • useful grazing
  • early flowering makes for stemmy growth

Dichanthium annulatum (Forssk) Stapf
1 flowering plant;
2 ligule;
3 spikelet;
4 caryopsis.

This perennial, rather low-growing grass, has naturalised in native pastures on heavy clays in parts of Queensland, spreading by runners or seed.

Angleton grass flowers early and so tends to be rather stemmy. Seed of Angleton can be a major contaminant of commercial supplies of Hatch creeping bluegrass, however the grass is well accepted by stock. Seed of the Bloomsbury strain is sometimes available commercially. Salt tolerance has been claimed.

As a pasture species, Angleton has been replaced by Dichanthium aristatum cv. Floren, a recently released cultivar. It is later flowering (mid-April) than Angleton grass, more leafy and palatable, and is also more resistant to ergot disease of the seeds. Floren will grow on loams to heavy clays, being especially well adapted to heavy dark soils of around neutral pH. It is one of the best grasses for areas that receive periodic flooding, and is sown in the Downs region of southern Queensland to combat infestations of Lippia (Phyla canescens).

Creator: Ian Partridge Revised: 20 Dec 2002  

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