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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When sown sffinis dallis grass Paspalum dilatatum or Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon in low fertility soilsAxonopus fissifolius may gradually become invasive FAO, Tables afcinis chemical composition and nutritional value. It prefers moist acid sandy soils, or sandy loamy soils. Compositional data of feeds and concentrates. The general habit is erect and branching. 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 Axonopus fissifoliusaerial part, fresh. References Cohen, ; Lloyd et al. Effect of molasses-urea supplements on digestibility of mature carpet grass Axonopus affinis and liveweight change of beef steers.
Blanket grass Axonopus compressus. 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. Digestion of seed in sacco and in vitro. Growth response of eight tropical turfgrass species to salinity. Plant and animal families Plant and animal species. It forms dense mats that are cm high but the flowering culms may reach cm. It is much valued in shaded orchards of Hawaii Smith et al.
The slender inflorescences bear spike-like racemes, which are cm long. Hawaii at Manoa, Coop.
When leafy, carpet grass is fairly palatable to ruminants but palatability declines as the stands flower FAO, Tropical pasture and fodder plants. References Aregheore et al.
Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)
No information found Carpet grass is considered a low quality forage Campbell et al. Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. The leaves are cm long and mm broad, flat or folded, glabrous or sparsely afffinis on the lower face. It becomes chlorotic on soils with pH above 7.
In Angus steers fed mature carpet grass hay in pens, DM intake reached It is valued as a cover crop and turf grass in moist, low fertility soils FAO, ; Cook et al. Axonopus affinis Chase, Paspalum fissifolium Raddi.
Cover crop and soil quality improver In the USA, carpet grass is often referred to as affunis good cover crop and soil erosion controller for shaded sloping fields. Better pastures for the tropics and subtropics. Effect of supplementation on liveweight of steers and digestibilty of diet.
Lim Han Kuo, In the USA, carpet grass is often referred to as a good cover crop and soil erosion controller for shaded sloping fields. First record of the genus for Europe and taxonomic novelties.
Carpet grass is usually grazed rather than used in cut-and-carry systems, due to its slow growth and poor yields. Freezing tolerance and nonstructural carbohydrate composition of carpet grass Axonopus affinis Chase. It can be vegetatively propagated through runners or sown, as it seeds easily FAO, afinis Cook et al.
Some commercial cultivars exist Campbell et al. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifolius.
Turf & Weed ID Information for carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)
Cereal and grass forages Forage plants. It can be sown with other grasses Axonopus compressusPaspalum dilatatumCynodon dactylonand Setaria sphacelata or legumes Aeschynomene falcataAeschynomene villosaArachis glabrataArachis pintoiLotus uliginosusTrifolium repensTrifolium semipilosumVigna parkeri FAO, ; Cook et al.
Effect of supplementing sheep with oat grain on their intake, digestion, and nitrogen balance when fed chopped carpet grass Axonopus affinis Chase hay. Phosphorus nutrition of beef cattle. Revision of the genus Axonopus Poaceae: Recovery of pasture seed ingested by ruminants.
Changes in characteristics of pastures in the coastal subtropics when grazed by cattle during years of low rainfall. The spikelets are about 2 mm long, alternatively arranged on the rachis Bogdan, Supplementation to reduce lactational anoestrus in first-calf heifers grazing native pastures in the subtropics.
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.
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.