Tropical-and-Sub-tropical-Legumes

Tropical and sub tropical legumes


COMMON NAME BOTANICAL NAME CULTIVAR TIME TO SOW SOWING RATE SITE PREFERENCE UTILIZATION
Greenleaf Desmodium Desmodium Intortum Jan – Feb 1 – 2 Hot humid areas. Combines well with tall growing grasses. Requires at least eight weeks of recovery after grazing.
Silverleaf Desmodium Desmodium Uncinatum Jan – Feb 2 – 3 Hot humid areas. Combines well with well tufted growing grass. Requires at least an eight week recovery period after grazing and more persistent under hardier conditions.
Siratro Macroptilium Atropurpureum Clarence / Tinaroo Nov – Jan 2 – 4 Hot, frost free areas, well drained soils. Grazing on its own or combined with grass. A prolific grower, has good drought tolerance.
Glycine Neonotonia Wightii Safari Nov – Jan 2 – 4 Hot, frost free areas, well drained soils. As for Sirato but does better at higher altitude.
Kenya white clover Trifolium semi pilosum Jan – March 2 – 4 Most foil forms, in areas of >900 mm annual rainfall. Recovers well after frost, bloat not a problem when it is grazed.
Townsville lucern Stylosanthes humilis Oxley Nov – Jan 3 – 6 Hot frost free areas. Well drained light soils, tolerates low fertility. Drought tolerant. Best used as foggage for autumn and winter and as hay.
Fine stem stylo Stylosanthes Guianensis Nov – Jan 2 – 5 Hot frost free areas. Well drained light soils, tolerates low fertility. Will thrive on a heavy grazing pressure. Requires a 6-8 week recovery period. Will tolerate drought or fire.

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