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It is a widely distributed pasture grass throughout the rain forest zone. It is erect and of about 3 – 5m tall. It is a perennial grass with cane-like stems and dull green or purplish leaf blade.
It is a highly leafy, palatable and aggressive grass. It is a high yielding grass, propagated by stolon and it is good for making silage
COMMON GRASSES AND LEGUMES OF LIVESTOCK
. (3) Giant Star grass (Cynodon plectostachyum):
It is a spreading, drought-resistant, perennial grass with a long and rapidly-growing stem. This grass grow more than one metric propagation high.
It is most easily propagated by cuttings and once established, it spreads very quickly, thereby making it difficult to control. It makes a nutritious pasture grass and responds well to fertilizers, especially the phosphate Fertilizers.
(4) Carpet grass (Axonomus compressus): It is a perennial crop and a creeping type of grass. Its stems are creeping. Short, compressed and to-edged.
The stems have the tendency to root at the nodes. The grass does best on soil where the moisture is near to the surface but not on swamps. It is very aggressive and not nutritive. Hence, it is not so much recommended for pasture.
(5) Centro (Centrosema pubescens): Centro is vigorous and an aggressive-growing legume.
It is a creeping and twining plant with trifoliate leaves that are attached to the stein by a pulvinus. Stem and leaves are hairless. It is leafy, perennial shade-tolerant and drought-resistant legume.
It is self-seeding as the pods split open by explosive mechanism during dry weather and the seeds germinate during the following rainy season. It is palatable and highly nutritious to ruminants. It is highly nodulated and does well in combination with guinea grass.
(6) Tropical Kudzu (Pueraria phaseoloides): It is a vigorous climbing and perennial legume. Its stems and leaves are densely hairy and spread over the soil to forma a good cover crop
.. Leaves are trifoliate. It is sensitive to soil moisture, stress and cannot survive drought condition. It is propagated by seeds, and its roots are nodulated.
It is usually avoided by cattle on range, and it can be used as hay and silage.
(7) Stylo (Stylosanthes gracilis):
It reaches 60 – 89cm in height.
When kept short through regular cutting or grazing, it develops into a leafy plant, which is highly nodulated
Leaves are trifoliate and creep along the ground. They are drought- resistant, propagated by seeds and perform better in dry areas. It takes livestock a little while to get used to the taste.