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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Digestion of seed in sacco and in vitro. Carpet grass Affinie fissifoliushay. References Cohen, ; Lloyd et al.
Seed of six tropical pasture species fed to cattle, sheep and goats. When sown with dallis grass Paspalum dilatatum or Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon in low fertility soilsAxonopus fissifolius may gradually become invasive FAO, Affinie generally grows in low, flat or hilly humid and sub-humid areas of warm temperate or tropical woodland and savannahs FAO, ; Cook et al.
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value. The general habit is erect and branching. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifolius. 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.
Compositional data of feeds axonopis concentrates.
Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)
Cereal and grass forages Forage plants. Carpet grass is considered a low quality forage Campbell et al. Revision of the genus Axonopus Poaceae: Better pastures for the tropics and subtropics.
affinus Datasheet Description Click on the “Nutritional aspects” tab for recommendations for ruminants, pigs, poultry, rabbits, horses, fish and crustaceans. The effect of storage in cattle dung on viability of tropical pasture seeds.
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Effect of molasses-urea supplements on digestibility of mature carpet grass Axonopus affinis and liveweight change of beef steers. A searchable catalogue of grass and forage legumes. Recovery of pasture seed ingested by ruminants. In Angus steers fed mature carpet grass hay in pens, DM intake reached It is aaxonopus valued in shaded orchards of Hawaii Smith et al.
*Axonopus fissifolius (Axonopus affinis) — Noosa’s Native Plants
It improves soil structure, and increases water infiltration rates and soil water capacity Smith et al. The leaves are cm long and mm broad, flat or folded, glabrous or sparsely hairy on the lower face. Freezing tolerance and nonstructural carbohydrate composition of carpet grass Affinsi affinis Chase.
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.
A review of carpet grass Axonopus affinis in relation to the improvement of carpet grass based pasture. It is valued as a cover crop and turf grass in moist, low fertility soils FAO, ; Cook et al. The spikelets are about axonopuus mm long, alternatively arranged on the rachis Bogdan, Effect of supplementation on liveweight of steers and digestibilty of diet.
Lim Han Kuo, Axonopus affinis Chase, Paspalum fissifolium Raddi. It can be sown with other axonopuw Axonopus compressusPaspalum dilatatumCynodon dactylonand Setaria sphacelata or legumes Aeschynomene falcataAeschynomene villosaArachis glabrataArachis pintoiLotus uliginosusTrifolium repensTrifolium semipilosumVigna parkeri FAO, ; Cook et al.
Some commercial cultivars exist Campbell et al. Defoliation by cutting or heavy grazing prevents flowering and the subsequent decrease in its nutritive value FAO, ; Cook et axonops.
Blanket grass Axonopus compressus. Carpet grass tended to be more abundant in sheep and beef cattle pastures than in dairy pasture Campbell et al. References Affinis et al. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliusaerial part, fresh Carpet grass Axonopus fissifoliushay. Once established, carpet grass smothers out weeds with its dense sward growth affinis, making it a good tool for reduced, or no chemical weed control Smith et al. Carpet grass is mainly found in permanent pastures affijis it can be heavily grazed by livestock or frequently cut.
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. Supplementation to reduce lactational anoestrus in first-calf heifers grazing native pastures in the subtropics. Plant and animal families Plant and animal species. It becomes chlorotic on soils with pH above 7.
Turf & Weed ID Information for carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)
Growth response of eight tropical turfgrass species to salinity. 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. First record of the genus for Europe and taxonomic novelties.
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.
Horses are reported to eat the clumps of seed-heads that are unpalatable to ruminants FAO, ; Cook et al. 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. It prefers moist acid sandy soils, or sandy loamy soils.