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Table 3 Effects of grazing intensity on life forms, desirability and dry weight (g/m2) of different herbaceous species in Chagni Ranch, Northwest Ethiopia

From: Effects of grazing intensity to water source on grassland condition, yield and nutritional content of selected grass species in Northwest Ethiopia

Species Life forms desirability Dry weight of plant biomass (g/m2)
TD1 TD2 TD3 TD4
Grasses
Cynodon dactylon Perennial Highly desirable 0.77 0.87 0.97 1.06
Chloris pycnothrix Annual Moderately desirable 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.47
Aristida congesta Perennial Less desirable 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45
Digitaria ternata Annual Highly desirable 0.45 0.47 0.50 0.51
Digitaria velutina Annual Highly desirable 0.45 0.46 0.46 0.48
Eragrostis cilianens Annual Moderately desirable 0.45 0.46 0.46 0.48
Brachiaria dictyoneura Perennial Highly desirable 0.45 0.46 0.46 0.46
Brachiaria spp. Annual Highly desirable 0.47 0.52 0.49 0.54
Eleusine indica Annual Less desirable 0.47 0.49 0.45 0.45
Setaria verticillata Annual Moderately desirable 0.46 0.47 0.46 0.49
Commelina genghalensis Perennial Highly desirable 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45
Panicum maximum Perennial Highly desirable 0.45 0.47 0.49 0.48
Panicum coloratum Perennial Highly desirable 0.45 0.45 0.48 0.47
Hyparrhenia hirta Perennial Less desirable 0.51 0.48 0.48 0.48
Paspalum orbiculate Perennial Highly desirable 0.47 0.50 0.53 0.45
Sporobolus pyramidalis Perennial Less desirable 0.67 0.61 0.58 0.56
Pennisetum purpureum Perennial Moderately desirable 0.45 0.46 0.46 0.45
Chloris gayana Perennial Highly desirable 0.48 0.48 0.49 0.51
Legumes
Tephrosia vugelii Perennial Highly desirable 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45
Trifolium rueppellianum Annual Highly desirable 1.10 1.12 0.98 0.92
Crotalaria spinosa Perennial Less desirable 0.47 0.47 0.45 0.45
Achyranthes aspera Perennial Less desirable 0.68 0.67 0.68 0.61
Desmodium uncinatum Annual Highly desirable 0.47 0.45 0.45 0.50
Forbs
Bidens pilosa Annual Less desirable 0.62 0.57 0.59 0.49
Guizotia scabra Annual Less desirable 0.60 0.47 0.49 0.46
Amaranthus spinosus Annual Moderately desirable 0.45 0.53 0.45 0.45
Ocimum suave Perennial Highly desirable 0.45 0.47 0.52 0.51
Sedge
Cyperus esculentus Perennial Moderately desirable 0.45 0.45 0.39 0.34
  1. TD1 transect distance 1, TD2 transect distance 2, TD3 transect distance 3, TD4 transect distance 4