Miscellaneous Details. “This species is closely allied to Hemarthria altissima ( Poir.) Stapf & C.E. Hubb., some authors consider them as a single species.”. Descriptions and articles about the Whip Grass, scientifically known as Hemarthria compressa in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Comprehensive. Preferred Scientific Name; Hemarthria compressa. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Eukaryota; Kingdom: Plantae; Phylum: Spermatophyta; Subphylum: Angiospermae.

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Plant and animal families Plant and animal species. Similar plant form to that of ‘Redalta’, except leaves are slightly wider. During the dormant period, all tops can be hemarthrua or cut off. In Florida, it is often stockpiled for winter feeding Nation, ; Anton et al.

Recommended grazing heights and regrowth intervals are not consistent among fompressa. However, a protein supplement did not improve gains in growing cattle that were rotationally grazed at a stocking rate allowing significant amounts of residual forage during the summer, presumably due to a higher leaf-to-stem ratio.

When the leaf blades dry, they twist in corkscrew fashion. Primarily used for grazing but has been hemrathria successfully for hay and silage.

It is recommended to crush the stems to facilitate quicker drying Newman et al. Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value. However, since the leaves have more protein than the stems, it is recommended to promote leaf growth Newman et al. Fertilization effects on the yield and chemical composition of limpograss pasture.


Hay can be made from limpo grass. Companion sterile spikelets pedicelled; 1 in the cluster.

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Protein supplements are recommended for cattle grazing stockpiled limpo grass. Lower glume apex emarginate, or obtuse. Normally not planted with other grasses. Limpo grass is well-grazed by ruminants.

Hemarthria compressa

Terrestrial; Freshwater List of Habitats: Found in flooded areas, swamps and lakes, vleis. A searchable catalogue of grass and forage legumes. Under adequate N fertilization, limpo grass may be useful for reducing off-site P losses from P-impacted soils.

The current map showing distribution of species is only indicative. Replacement heifers grazing stockpiled limpo grass and receiving 0, 1. This is a widespread species but found rarely. The inflorescence is a solitary raceme at the apex of the culm and its branches. comprsssa

Not well suited to cut-and-carry. Crop Science, 45 5: Limpo grass Hemarthria altissima. No major hemagthria diseases have been identified. Intolerant of heavy grazing. In cow-calf operations, cows can gain 1 unit of body condition score when grazing limpo grass pastures during the summer.

Sanguinella thunbergii Gleichen ex P. Variation on the annual nutritive value of two grasses cropped in the litoral lowlands of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Probably from Limpopo Province, South Africa.


Hemarthria compressa is distributed in warm and tropical Asia, Australia and North Africa. The main advantage of this species over many other tropical grasses is superior early and late co,pressa growth. The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. Limpo grass is a perennial creeping grass clmpressa generally has a distinctive rust red colour during the dry season.

Livestock should be withheld until the grass is established, even cutting and conserving the initial growth flush to ensure establishing plants are not pulled out. Companion sterile compreesa callus truncate.

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Continuous grazing of Hemarthria altissima pastures reduces weeds but production and persistence are higher under rotational grazing. Upper glume apex acute. Under continuous grazing, maintaining a pasture height of about 40 cm resulted in better animal gains and compdessa persistence than maintaining a height of 20 or 60 cm.

Economic Botany 32 3: Species specific search options Taxon Hierarchy.

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