The Climatic Limitations of Subterranean Clovers in Kenya

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1958/1959
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Davidson B.R
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In the search for a legume for pastures in Kenya attempts have been made to grow the clover Trifolium subterraneum. This clover. which originated in the Mediterranean region, has in many cases more than doubled the carrying capacity of pastures in Australia and New Zealand. In the former country the use of subterranean clover is restricted to the southern half of the continent where winter rains predominate. The clovers germinate with the autumn rains, and make rapid vegetative growth, which is checked, but not stopped, by the low winter temperature; in the spring they flower and set seed before the period of summer drought sets in. Regeneration takes place from these seeds in autumn.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 24, p. 121-124