Rhodes Grass

  • Diploid
  • Finer leaves and stems
  • Persists under low fertility
  • Better tolerance to low temperatures
  • Remains leafy and productive into autumn

    Download a copy of the Katambora Rhodes Grass factsheet.


    Species origin:

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


    Katambora is a diploid and has finer leaves and stems; it can persist under lower fertility than Callide, has better tolerance to low temperature and can remain leafy and productive into autumn. Katambora can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including soils with salinity problems but has poor tolerance to waterlogging and flooding. It is easy to establishment and with surface planting.
    A widely grown summer stoloniferous perennial used for grazing and erosion control. For grazing, better results can be obtained when Katambora is grown with a legume.


    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.


    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.