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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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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. Effect of supplementation on liveweight of steers and digestibilty of diet. Carpet grass is usually grazed rather than used in cut-and-carry systems, due to its slow growth and poor yields.

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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, ; Cook et al. No information found When leafy, carpet grass is fairly palatable to ruminants but palatability declines as the stands flower FAO, The leaves are cm long and mm broad, flat or folded, glabrous or sparsely hairy on the lower face.

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. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifolius. 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.


Carpet grass is mainly found in permanent pastures where it can be heavily grazed by livestock or frequently cut. Defoliation by cutting or heavy grazing prevents flowering and the subsequent decrease in its nutritive value FAO, ; Cook et al.

In Angus steers fed mature carpet grass hay in pens, DM intake reached A searchable catalogue of grass and forage legumes. Phosphorus nutrition of beef cattle. It forms dense mats that are cm high but the flowering culms may reach cm. Carpet axnopus Axonopus fissifoliusaerial part, fresh.

It becomes chlorotic on soils with pH above 7. Lim Han Kuo, Tropical pasture and fodder plants. It is valued as a cover crop and turf grass in moist, low fertility soils FAO, ; Cook et al.

References Aregheore et al. The general habit is erect and branching.

Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)

It improves soil structure, and increases water infiltration rates and soil water capacity Smith et al. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliushay. It can be vegetatively propagated through runners or sown, as it seeds easily FAO, ; Cook et al. A review of carpet grass Axonopus affinis in relation to the improvement of carpet grass based pasture.

Axonopus fissifolius Raddi Kuhlm.

Revision of the genus Axonopus Poaceae: In the USA, carpet grass is often referred to as a good cover crop and soil erosion controller for shaded sloping fields. Some commercial cultivars exist Campbell et al.

Seed of six tropical pasture species fed to cattle, sheep and goats. Recovery of pasture seed ingested by ruminants. It generally grows in low, flat axonnopus hilly humid and sub-humid areas of warm temperate or tropical woodland and savannahs FAO, ; Cook et al.


Weed control affinls 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. When sown with dallis grass Paspalum dilatatum or Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon in low fertility soilsAxonopus fissifolius may gradually become invasive FAO, The stems root at the nodes FAO, ; Cook et al. Effect of supplementing sheep with oat axonoous on their intake, digestion, and nitrogen balance when fed chopped carpet grass Axonopus affinis Chase hay.

Better pastures for the tropics and subtropics. Cereal and grass forages Forage plants. Digestion of seed in sacco and in vitro.

It is much valued in shaded orchards of Hawaii Smith et al. 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.

Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value. When it is sown Axonopus fissifolius can be broadcast on a well-prepared seedbed and then rolled in FAO, It prefers moist acid sandy soils, or sandy loamy soils. Supplementation to reduce lactational anoestrus in wxonopus heifers grazing native pastures in the subtropics.