Splenda Setaria

Setaria sphacelata

  • Flattened and often reddish-coloured leaf bases
  • Remains persistent once established
  • Very palatable to livestock
  • Combines well with legumes

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    Species origin:

    Africa, introduced into Australia as Splendida and Sericea.



    Splenda Setaria is very palatable and widely used for beef and dairy due to its softer leaves and stems. It was developed by CSIRO from a cross between splendid and Sericea, which resulted in higher percentage of fertile florets.  It is a robust perennial with a vigorous growth habit & higher dry matter, seed yield and forage quality.  

    Growth habit – plants are tufted or tussocky and are characterised by flattened and often reddish-coloured leaf bases.  It can grow up to 2m tall and can produce up to 18t/ha dry matter.  It can remain persistent once established.

    Uses – very palatable to livestock but may contain oxalate at certain stage of growth, thus affecting grazing.  It combines well with legumes such as Glycine and Siratro and has been described as one of the most cold tolerant tropical grass.


    Adaptation – Suited to medium rainfall areas.


    Seed characteristics:

    Seeds are very small and fine – thus coated seeds will facilitate seeding operations.  Bare seeds average at 500,000 seeds/kg


    Seed production – can be a problem due to sterile florets

    Seed dormancy – can be a problem, affecting germination and establishment


    Seeding Rate:

    • Bare seeds at 2-4kg/ha
    • Coated seeds at 4-8kg/ha



    Tropical Grass

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