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Tropic Lalo' Paspalum (Cover Crops)

University of Hawaii
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  • Paspalum
  • Cover Crops
  • Hawaii
  • Religious Science


'Tropic Lalo' paspalum Benefits provided by ‘Tropic Lalo’ EXCELLENT low-maintenance ground cover for erosion control GOOD for quick growth and establishment, for suppressing weeds, for access roads TOLERATES shade, acidic and low fertility soils USE IN plantation and orchard cropping systems including macadamia, coffee, and papaya Published by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Andrew G. Hashimoto, Director/Dean, Cooperative Extension Service/CTAHR, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution providing programs and services to the people of Hawaii without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, or veteran status. CTAHR publications can be found on the Web site <> or ordered by calling 808-956-7046 or sending e-mail to [email protected] ‘Tropic Lalo’ Paspalum Jody Smith1 and Hector Valenzuela2 Departments of 1Natural Resources and Environmental Management and 2Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences When Hawaii’s farmers need a low-growing covercrop for their coffee, ornamental tree, or macad- amia orchards, the USDA Plant Materials Center on Molokai often recommends the cultivar ‘Tropic Lalo’ paspalum (Paspalum hieronymii). This non-invasive grass grows fairly quickly, forming a thick mat of veg- etation that chokes out weeds and protects valuable top- soil from erosion. As the orchard canopy fills in, ‘Tropic Lalo’ adjusts to the decline in sunlight. This grass can also endure the rigors of farm life by surviving well under equipment traffic, and it is often planted on access roads and other equipment-bearing areas. Characteristics ‘Tropic Lalo’ is a rapidly spreading, stoloniferous grass that usually attains

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