Orchard Grass

Dactylis glomerata

 

 

Description

Morphology

Relatively large perennial grass (60-120 cm), smooth, forming strong compact tufts. Erect stems are strongly flattened in their lower parts and empty in their superior parts. Long, narrow leaves are flat or canaliculated, acuminated, with long ligule, and careened midribs. Inflorescence is in panicles, sub-unilateral, from 3 to 6-flowers by spikelets. Grains are coated and a little bristled. This is a cross-pollinating species, autotetraploid (2n=4x=28).

Geography

Culture

Chemical Composition
In % Water Nitrogen Fat Soluble carbohydrates Fibrous carbohydrates Ashes
Forage: green
Forage: hay
Usage
Techniques
Seedlings Period Spacing Depth Amount sown
In rows – cm – cm – kg/ha

 

In q/ha In green In hay In grain
Yield 0-0 0-0

Agronomic Characteristics

Benefits

  • Good summer growth
  • Good autumn regrowth
  • Good adaptation to drying soils
  • Good nitrogen content
  • Easy usage for hay and silage
  • Easy usage for hay and silage
Limitations
  • Slow rooting
  • Sensitivity to excess water and too humid soils

 


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