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 leafy, carpet grass is fairly palatable to ruminants but palatability declines as the stands flower FAO, It can be sown with other grasses Axonopus compressusPaspalum dilatatumCynodon dactylonand Setaria sphacelata or legumes Aeschynomene falcataAeschynomene villosaArachis glabrataAffnis pintoiLotus uliginosusTrifolium repensTrifolium semipilosumVigna parkeri FAO, ; Cook et al.
Axonopus affinis Chase, Paspalum fissifolium Raddi. Recovery of pasture seed ingested by ruminants. Axonopus fissifolius Raddi Kuhlm.
Carpet grass is considered a low quality forage Campbell et al. Freezing tolerance and nonstructural carbohydrate composition of carpet grass Axonopus affinis Chase. Hawaii at Manoa, Coop. Supplementation to reduce lactational anoestrus in first-calf heifers grazing native pastures in the subtropics.
Changes in axonnopus of pastures in the coastal subtropics when grazed by cattle during years of low rainfall. First record of the genus for Europe and taxonomic novelties.
Blanket grass Axonopus compressus. Better pastures for the tropics and subtropics.
*Axonopus fissifolius (Axonopus affinis) — Noosa’s Native Plants
The spikelets are about 2 mm long, alternatively arranged on axonkpus rachis Bogdan, 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. Horses are reported to eat the clumps of seed-heads that are unpalatable to ruminants FAO, ; Cook et al. Carpet grass is usually grazed rather than used in cut-and-carry systems, due to its slow growth and poor wffinis.
It prefers moist acid sandy soils, or sandy loamy soils. Tropical Grassland Society of Australia.
Ecology of subtropical grasses in temperate pastures: No information found 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. Tropical pasture and fodder plants. References Cohen, ; Lloyd et al. Carpet grass Axonopus fissifolius. In Angus steers fed mature carpet grass hay in pens, DM intake reached Carpet grass tended to be more abundant in sheep and beef cattle pastures than in dairy pasture Campbell et al.
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Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value. It is valued as a cover crop and turf grass atfinis moist, low fertility soils FAO, ; Cook et al. Defoliation by cutting or heavy grazing prevents flowering and the subsequent decrease in its nutritive value FAO, ; Cook et al.
It forms dense mats that are cm high but the flowering culms may reach cm. 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. It can be vegetatively propagated through runners or sown, as it seeds easily FAO, ; Cook et al.
Seed of six tropical pasture species fed to cattle, sheep and goats. 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 is mainly found in permanent pastures where it can be heavily grazed by livestock or frequently cut.
Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis)
It is much valued in shaded orchards of Hawaii Smith et al. It generally grows in low, flat or hilly humid and sub-humid areas of warm temperate or tropical woodland affinia savannahs FAO, ; Cook et al. 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.