Stylo | Stylosanthes hamata

Stylosanthes is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae and contains numerous highly important pasture and forage species. It was recently assigned to the informal monophyletic Pterocarpus clade of the Dalbergieae.[1][2] The common name pencilflower is sometimes used for


Stylo is a vigorous summer growing perennial which grows to the height of 60-90 cm and tend to root  at

Stylo | Stylosanthes hamata

the nodes. It is found generally adjuscent the costal regions of North and South America   and introduced in many tropical regions of India. It is adapted to wide range of soil types  and is drought resistant.

Though not very palatable  at the initial stages,  once  the animals are accustomed to it,  they graze the plant readily.  Seeds can be sown at the rate of 3-4 kg per hectare. The   green forage production ranges from 20-30 ton per hectare, while dry forage is 6-10 ton    per hectare. It contains about 10-11% CP, 0.61-1.72% calcium, 0.10-0.12% phosphorus and 7.0-14.2% ash.