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(Calopogonium mucunoides)

Calopo - illustration  
  • vigorous trailing perennial
  • poor palatability
  • for high rainfall tropical coast.


Calopogonium mucunoides Desv -
1 flowering branch,
2 fruiting branch.



Calopo is a short-lived, vigorous trailing perennial which will climb over any vegetation to form a dense mat of foliage. It seeds freely and regenerates naturally from seed.

Calopo has little cold-tolerance, and is restricted to the tropical lowlands with more than 1,250 mm of rain. It is moderately shade-tolerant, and has been used mostly as a ground cover under plantation crops overseas.

Because calopo is not very palatable, it has been used to maintain a reasonable legume content in grass-legume pastures under moderate grazing, and as a dry season hay, but it is now rarely sown as a pasture legume.

The creeping types of centro are more suitable for grazed pastures than calopo.

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

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