Better Pastures for the Tropics and Subtropics

"Pasture Picker" allows you to find species suited to specific conditions of the soil and climate environment and grazing management.

If you want information about a particular species, select from the list below:
Grasses for the tropics and subtropics
Legumes for the tropics and subtropics

The emphasis here is on the suitability of species for tropical and subtropical Australia although the information should be useful in similar environments elsewhere.

This species information has been taken from the book A Guide to Better Pastures for the Tropics and Subtropics (revised 5th edition 1995) written by L. R. Humphreys and I. J. Partridge, but has been updated over the years where necessary. It has relied greatly on the knowledge of officers of the Department of Primary Industries, Queensland, and of CSIRO Division of Tropical Agriculture.

Ian Partridge would be pleased to receive further information and observations from within and beyond Australia.


A later and much more comprehensive selection tool for pastures in the tropics and subtropics world-wide is 'Tropical forages: Selection Of Forages for the Tropics' (SoFT).

This is available on CD from CSIRO or can be found at

Creator: Ian Partridge, Tropical Grassland Society of Australia Inc
Date created: 03 April 1998  Revised: 12 September 2011