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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.
- 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.
Seeds are small and light – with over 4 million seeds/kg. Thus, for seed handling such as seeding, ProTech coated seeds will provide advantages.
- Bare seeds 1-4kg/ha
- Coated seeds 2-12kg/ha