Legume cover crop

April 23, 2015

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Pueraria phaseoloides is a vigorous, deep-rooted, perennial twining and climbing legume, slightly woody, hairy. Its main stems are slender, rooting at the nodes upon contact with moist soil. Secondary branches arise from the nodes to create a dense mass of vegetation 60-75 cm deep if left ungrazed or uncut. Young shoots are densely covered with brown hairs. Leaves large, and trifoliate, tolerant to soil acidity and shade and adapted to humid lowlands and frequent flooding areas. The seed rate is about 3-4.5 kg/ha.

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