Bottle Brush Grass

Antephora pubescens

  • Widely adapted to soils and climates
  • Tolerates heat
  • Easily established
  • Very palatable to animals
  • Less sensitive to low soil fertility
  • Makes outstanding fodder
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    Requirements and uses

    • Widely adapted to soils and climates
    • Tolerates heat, flourishes on sandy soils in areas with a rainfall of 350 mm and more
    • Most important advantages – it is relatively easily established, very palatable to animals, less sensitive to low soil fertility
    • Makes outstanding fodder

     

    Establishment

    • October – December
    • Desirable to establish as late as March – due to reliable rainfall early autumn
    • Seeds are woolly – pelletisation needed
    • Broadcast or drilling
    • 5-9kg/ha

     

    Production potential

    • Good utilisation potensial compensates for relative low production potential
    • Its potential – low cost grass for dry areas
    • Achieves economic animal production at a semi extensive level

     

    Utilisation

    • Strict rotational grazing due to high palatability
    • Alternatively – leave it during its growing season for utilisation during winter and early spring
    Specifications
    Subtropical Grasses

    Subtropical (warm season, C4) perennial grasses are traditionally grown in summer rainfall environments. However, they can be successfully grown in the Mediterranean environments due to a combination of drought tolerance and the mild winter conditions...