Studies on elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) , a newly introduced grass for soilage. I. Experiments on the adaptation of elephant grass to the new environmental conditions and the methods of propagation

Cheng, S.C.; Chou, T.T.

Chinese J. Anim. Industr 3: 25-36


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Elephant grass was shipped from Mandalay to Rangoon and thence flown to Chungking for trial in Szechwan. It grew well with a precipitation from March to December of 1000 mm., and maximum and minimum temperatures of 47 degrees and 2 degrees C. It is thought that this is the lowest temperature to which it is adapted. It appears that the species can be planted as a perennial south of the Yangtze River; north of the Yangtze and in the lower parts of the Yellow River where maize can be planted, elephant grass can be grown and gives two cuts in a growing season of 5 to 6 months. The underground stem here requires protection from the severe winter and can be planted again in the spring.