- needs well-distributed
rainfall above 1100 mm
- for coastal sands
to red clays
- compatible with vigorous
Cv. Shaw can be a useful
legume for well-grazed pastures in subtropical south-east Queensland and
northern New South Wales, or on tropical tablelands. It needs well-distributed
rainfall of more than 1100 mm a year, but can succumb to disease in the
wet season; it dies out in the hot and wet conditions of the tropical
Shaw can tolerate only short periods
of drought, but will regenerate from seed in older pastures with a reserve
of seed in the soil. Its leaves and stems are killed by frost, but the
plant will regrow from the crown.
Shaw will grow on a range of soils,
from sands to heavier, but well-drained, red clays, especially on hill
slopes, and can tolerate moderately low fertility and pH if fertilised
with superphosphate and molybdenum.
Under heavy grazing, Shaw will
form a dense mat rooting down from the creeping stems; it will also grow
upwards into the companion grass under lighter grazing. It is compatible
wtih some of the aggressive creeping grasses such as kikuyu, pangloa and bahia.
The seed should be scarified before
planting into a well-prepared seed-bed no later than February. Seedlings
will nodulate with native rhizobium, but are slow to establish and to
set seed in the first year.