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Characterization and growth evaluation of Paspalum almum, Paspalum denticulatum and Paspalum vaginatum as lawns

Saluzzo H1, PD Reinoso2,3, V Martínez2,3
1 Tesista PID UNER 2139 para acceder al título de Ingeniero Agrónomo
2 PID UNER 2139 “Caracterización y evaluación de especies nativas del género Paspalum para céspedes en el departamento Paraná”
3 Cátedra Botánica Sistemática. Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias. Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, Argentina.
* Corresponding Author:Address Correspondence to: Patricia Diana Reinoso. Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias. Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos. Ruta Provincial 11, km 10,5. (3101) Oro Verde, Entre Ríos, República Argentina, e-mail:

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2015, 84(1), 51-57. https://doi.org/10.32604/phyton.2015.84.051

Abstract

Morphological and growth characteristics of two Paspalum native species, and an enhanced species of the same genus, were evaluated for their potential use as lawns. Color; texture, stolon length and diameter, node number and length, width and number of leaves were determined under grass management conditions. The used plant material derived from the Paspalum collection (belonging to the PID UNER 2139 research project carried out at Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias). The trial consisted of twelve 1 m2 plots in four completely randomized blocks and was conducted from November 2010 to March 2011. All the characterictics were measured from the growth of three stolons per plot and per species. The analysis of total average value of morphological descriptors showed significant differences among species regarding leaf width, stolon length and number of nodes, as well as growth rate. P. vaginatum showed higher leaf production, whereas P. denticulatum presented longer total stolon length. Standard values of the obtained vegetative descriptors indicated the possibility of using P. denticulatum as ornamental grass, since it presented long internodes and very thick texture leaves. As P. vaginatum was an enhanced species, it showed, under trial weather conditions, its grass characteristics distinguished by their short, medium texture leaves; short and thin internodes and the higher number of nodes and leaf production.

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Paspalum, Lawn, Characterization, Growth.

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H, S., Reinoso, P., Martínez, V. (2015). Characterization and growth evaluation of Paspalum almum, Paspalum denticulatum and Paspalum vaginatum as lawns. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 84(1), 51–57.



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