Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis). Distribution: warm season. Habitat: low, moist areas in turfgrass and lawns. Growth Season: perennial. Descriptions: University . Axonopus affinis (Carpet Grass). This grass, known as carpet grass, has two to five ascending spiked seedheads from flattened, smooth. Common Name: carpetgrass. Species: Axonopus affinis Chase Bayer Code: AXOAF Carpetgrass is a slow-growing, medium-green (and sometimes greenish .

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Tropical pasture and fodder plants. Effect of supplementing sheep with oat grain on their intake, digestion, and nitrogen balance when fed chopped carpet grass Axonopus affinis Chase hay. Hawaii at Manoa, Coop. In natural rangelands, carpet grass is readily propagated by grazing ruminants because of the high viability of its seeds after passing through the rumen and total digestive tract Simao Neto et al.

The stems root at the nodes FAO, ; Cook et al. When sown with dallis grass Paspalum dilatatum or Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon in low fertility soilsAxonopus fissifolius affinid gradually become invasive FAO, Better pastures for the tropics and subtropics.

Effect of molasses-urea supplements on digestibility of mature carpet grass Axonopus affinis and liveweight change of beef steers. It becomes chlorotic on soils with pH above 7.

*Axonopus fissifolius (Axonopus affinis) — Noosa’s Native Plants

It prefers moist acid sandy soils, or axoonopus loamy soils. Blanket grass Axonopus compressus. Cover crop and soil quality improver In the USA, carpet grass is often referred to as a good cover crop and soil erosion controller for shaded sloping fields. Additional N in such mixed stands prevents carpet grass from becoming invasive and also helps maintaining it in its vegetative stage with a higher nutritive value.


It survives heavy frost during winter and has some tolerance of drought but does not grow well under flooding or waterlogged conditions Cook et al.

Axonopus fissifolius – Wikipedia

In Angus steers fed mature carpet grass hay in pens, DM affiis reached It generally grows in low, flat or hilly humid and sub-humid areas of warm temperate or tropical woodland and savannahs FAO, ; Cook et al. Carpet grass is mainly found in permanent pastures where it can be heavily grazed by livestock or frequently cut. Weed control and weed potential Once established, carpet grass smothers out weeds with its dense sward growth habit, making it a good tool for reduced, or no chemical weed control Smith et al.

Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliusaerial part, fresh Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliushay. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifolius. Some commercial cultivars exist Campbell et al. The effect of storage in cattle dung on viability of tropical pasture seeds. Plant and animal families Plant and animal species.

Lim Han Kuo, References Cohen, ; Lloyd et al. When it is sown Axonopus fissifolius can be broadcast on a well-prepared seedbed and then rolled in FAO, First record of the genus for Europe and taxonomic novelties. Horses are reported to eat the clumps of seed-heads that are unpalatable to ruminants FAO, ; Cook et al. It can be sown with other grasses Axonopus compressusPaspalum dilatatumCynodon dactylonand Setaria sphacelata or legumes Aeschynomene falcataAeschynomene villosaAffihis glabrataArachis pintoiLotus uliginosusTrifolium repensTrifolium semipilosumVigna parkeri FAO, ; Cook et axonipus.


Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliushay.

Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)

It improves soil structure, and increases water infiltration rates and soil water capacity Smith et al. Datasheet Description Click on the “Nutritional aspects” tab for recommendations for ruminants, pigs, poultry, rabbits, horses, fish and crustaceans.

The general habit is erect and branching. It is valued as a cover crop and turf grass in moist, low fertility soils FAO, ; Cook et al. Freezing tolerance and nonstructural carbohydrate composition of carpet grass Axonopus affinis Affinsi.

Carpet grass is not suitable for hay and silage or for stand-over or deferred feeding because of its low productivity and poor nutritional value after the stems have flowered FAO, axpnopus Cook et al. When leafy, carpet grass is fairly palatable to ruminants but palatability declines as the stands flower FAO, The spikelets are about 2 mm long, alternatively arranged on the rachis Bogdan, Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliusaerial part, fresh.

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