Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum) is a tropical grass introduced into Australia in the 1920’s from stolons brought from the Belgian Congo.
In 1969, “Whittet” a seeded kikuyu cultivar from Kenya was released.
Kikuyu has since naturalised along most of the east coast of Australia and is now the dominant summer pasture on coastal dairy farms.
Kikuyu is capable of high summer growth but milk production can be limited by its relatively low quality.
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