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Broad-leaf paspalum,
(Paspalum wettsteinii)

  • similar characteristics to paspalum
  • but more tolerant of poor soils.

Broad-leaf paspalum is semi-prostrate, clumped, with a wide crown spreading by means of short stolons.

Broad-leaf paspalum has grown best on coastal soils of the central and north coast of New South Wales. It grows well wherever paspalum would normally be grown, and sowings are also extended to soils too poor or too subject to waterlogging for good paspalum growth. It is quite sensitive to frost, but it is claimed that frosted stands are eaten by cattle and it recovers well from fire.

Broad-leaf paspalum combines well with silver-leaf and green-leaf desmodiums, glycine, siratro, lotononis and with temperature legumes such as white clover or lotus.

The commercial variety is Warral.

Creator: Ian Partridge
Date created: 18 Mar 1998  Revised: 15 January 2003
 

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