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Gramineae Paspalum dilatatum Poir.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a major pasture grass in the Cotton Belt. It was introduced from South America around 1875. It is an upright-growing bunchgrass, which requires moist soil. It is not hardy north of the Cotton Belt. It does not form a dense sod, so is well suited to mixed planting with legumes or other grasses. It is palatable and nutritious. It tolerates fairly close grazing, and should be grazed to prevent accumulation of dead leaves and stems. It is susceptible to ergot fungus which is poisonous to livestock.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch