Kikuyu
Pennisetum clandestinum Hochst. ex Choiv
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Whittet Sub-tropical Grass Perennial, Summer

Robust, creeping, prostate form, 0.3 – 0.4m tall

Stoloniferous; rhizomatous

Leaf blades bright green to pale yellow, tapering to sub-obtuse tips, folded into a bud when young; 4.5 – 11.5cm x 6mm; sparsely and softly hairy

Flat and ovoid seeds; dark brown; 2.5 – 1.5mm; 400 000 seeds/kg

Rapid summer growth, responsive to good fertility

Productive under heavy grazing, high quality

Crude protein: 10.7 – 23.7 %

Digestibility: 60 – 70 %

Dry matter production: 6 - 20 t/ha/annum Permanent pasture, ground cover, amenity turf, irrigated pasture, hay and silage

Prefers fertile loamy soil types with high organic matter content

Tolerates low pH; moderate salinity; pH range of 4.5 – 8

Plant during October – February

Seeding rate at 5 kg/ha