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Pigeon Pea
(Cajanus cajan)

  • short-lived perennial shrub
  • deep-rooted and drought-resistant
  • prefers light to medium textured soils,
  • branches too brittle for cattle browsing.

This rather short-lived perennial shrub may grow to 4 m, but varies widely in habit of growth, height, earliness of spring growth, persistence and seed size.

It is a deep-rooted plant with a reputation for drought-resistance, but it is not frost-tolerant. It prefers light to medium textured soils, but will not withstand waterlogging.

The branches are brittle and break when browsed by cattle.

Creator: Ian Partridge
Date created: 03 April 1998  Revised: 15 January 2003
 

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