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Jointvetch, Bargoo

(Aeschynomene falcata)

Bargoo - illustration
  • hardy small legume
  • for infertile well-drained soils in subtropics
  • persists under heavy grazing
  • compatable with creeping grasses.


Aeschynomene falcata (Poiret) DC,-
1 habit,
2 flowering and fruiting branch.

Cv. Bargoo is a ferny-leafed spreading perennial with a woody tap-root. It will persist on infertile, well-drained soil, but not on heavy waterlogged clays. It can respond to superphosphate. While its main growth is during summer, Bargoo jointvetch can grow well during the cooler months and tolerate mild frosts.

Bargoo has a specific rhizobium requirement, but is easy to establish after some disturbance of the seed-bed. Even sparse stands from very low seed rates will be spread by cattle gradually over the next few years.

Bargoo can grow with sod-forming grasses such as mat grass, bahia and blue couch, tolerating heavy grazing through its prostrate stems, but can also climb when supported by taller grasses.

Seed is rarely available because it is difficult to harvest the segmented pods within a bulk of foliage.

Creator: Ian Partridge15 January 2003  

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