Foxtail Buffalo Grass

Foxtail Buffalo Grass


Vital Statistics

Latin Name
Cenchrus ciliaris
Uses
It is a good grazing grass with a high leaf production and palatability. The palatability, however, decreases as the plant matures. Foxtail Buffalo Grass is, however, difficult to establish in clay soil, but once established, grows well.
Description
Length up to 1 m. Tufted perennial with 8 mm leaf blades. Inflorescence is a dense cylindrical spike. This type of grass is palatable and is favoured by grazing herbivores. The spikelets are surrounded by many wavy bristles which arise from a short stalk.
Habitat
Foxtail Buffalo Grass grows in dry, warm parts. It grows in all types of soil, but mostly in sandy soil and other well drained soil types. Widespread across Southern and Central Africa and the Mediterranean.
Flowers
August April in Southern Africa
Field Notes
Foxtail Buffalo Grass is a drought resistant species found in more arid regions and the species has been imported to countries such as Australia where it is an important fodder grass



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