Ornithopus, Sandy soils, Cultivation, Western Australia
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French serradella grows well on many of the sandy soils along the west coast where other species such as sub clover often fail, and produces excellent feed both when green and in the dry state.
Establishment is easy because of its soft seedednedd. However the same characteristic, together with its erect growth habit, means that persistence under grazing has been poor.
This paper looks at work being done to understand the requirements to maximise results from serradella and develop better varieties.
Gladstones, John Sylvester and McKeown, N. R.
"Serradella : a pasture legume for sandy soils,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 18:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol18/iss1/5