Callide Rhodes Grass

Chloris gayana

  • Tetraploid type
  • Remains leafier over summer
  • Needs higher fertility soils
  • Less cold tolerant than Katambora

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    Species origin:

    Africa, reported to be introduced into cultivation by Cecil Rhodes, South Africa in 1895.


    Callide Rhodes Grass is a highly productive, palatable and persistent perennial grass. Due to its aggressive growth habit, it is also suited to acid and sandy soils of low fertility. A giant tetraploid type, it is later flowering than Katambora, thus can remain leafier over summer when compared to Katambora.  However it needs higher fertility soils and is less cold tolerant than Katambora.  It may require higher rainfall to persist and can be more productive and palatable under conditions of higher fertility.


    Key Features:

    • Drought tolerant – tussocky plants with deep root system enabling survival during periods of drought.
    • Invasive and persistent – capable of rapid establishment with aggressive runners/stolons which roots readily at the nodes.
    • Persistent – widely adapted to tropical and subtropical climates, may require a minimum of 500mm  rainfall for better performance.
    • Perennial growth habit – can survive between seasons and provide seed-bank with excellent seedling regeneration.
    • Adaptation – can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including soils with salinity problems; poor tolerance to waterlogging and flooding.
    • Easy establishment – can be easily established with surface planting.
    • Uses – widely grown summer stoloniferous perennial for grazing and erosion control; for grazing with better results obtained when grown with a legume.


    Seed characteristics:

    Seeds are small and light – with over 4 million seeds/kg.  Thus, for seed handling such as seeding, ProTech coated seeds will provide advantages.


    Seeding Rate:

    • Bare seeds 1-4kg/ha
    • Coated seeds 2-12kg/ha
    Tropical Grass

    Any warm-season grass including species such as Paspalum, Rhodes grass, Digit grass, Panic grass, Kikuyu, Setaria etc.