New Crops Info 2014
Supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Species attracting attention:
for likely forage production

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of likely forage production
amongst the 68 crop uses/products investigated for each species

Listings of species attracting attention by scientific name, common name or keyword are available here.
The listing of all species on the website is available here.

Other likely crop uses/products investigated are:

[allelopathy]  [aquatic]  [beverage]  [biofuel]  [bioindicator]  [birdseed]  [boundary]  [breeding]  [cane/bamboo]  [cereal]  [charcoal]  [chewing]  [clothing fibre]  [companion plant]  [cosmetics]  [cut flower]  [dietary fibre]  [dye]  [erosion control]  [essential oil]  [flavouring/spice]  [fodder]  [food dye]  [food for humans]  [fruit]  [fuelwood]  [genetics]  [grain legume]  [green manure]  [hemiparasite]  [honey]  [host for disease]  [industrial product]  [insect repellent]  [insectivorous]  [jewellery]  [medicinal]  [model]  [nut]  [nutraceutical]  [oilseed/fat]  [ornamental]  [paper pulp]  [pesticide]  [phytoamelioration]  [phytoextractive]  [plant grafting]  [plant gum]  [poison]  [pseudocereal]  [psychoactive]  [resin]  [revegetation]  [rubber]  [seagrass]  [shade]  [smoking]  [soil amelioration]  [starch]  [sweetener]  [tannin]  [timber]  [turf]  [vegetable]  [wastewater treatment]  [weed]  [wood fibre]


Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):

Species name

Forage (95.7)

Hesperostipa curtiseta

Forage (94.4)

Bromus riparius

Forage (90.4)

Phlox hoodii

Forage (90.0)

Astragalus melilotoides

Forage (84.4)

Leymus cinereus

Forage (80.7)

Bromus catharticus

Forage (73.1)

Leymus triticoides

Forage (69.9)

Poa ligularis

Forage (69.6)

Lotus glaber

Forage (66.9)

Elymus nutans

Forage (63.6)

Hesperostipa comata

Forage (61.2)

Stipa klemenzii

Forage (59.4)

Desmanthus illinoensis

Forage (57.5)

Thinopyrum ponticum

Forage (55.9)

Andropogon gerardii

Forage (54.4)

Festuca idahoensis

Forage (52.1)

Atriplex amnicola

Forage (51.5)

Cenchrus ciliaris

Forage (50.0)

Maireana brevifolia

Forage (49.0)

Bouteloua gracilis

Forage (48.7)

Sorghastrum nutans

Forage (48.3)

Atriplex lampa

Forage (45.1)

Atriplex nummularia

Forage (42.9)

Schedonorus phoenix

Forage (38.9)

Parkinsonia florida

Forage (38.7)

Brachiaria decumbens

Forage (38.3)

Eragrostis lehmanniana

Forage (38.2)

Salsola vermiculata

Forage (37.8)

Poa secunda

Forage (36.2)

Bituminaria bituminosa

Forage (36.1)

Galium album

Forage (34.6)

Leontodon autumnalis

Forage (34.1)

Lotus corniculatus

Forage (33.8)

Phalaris arundinacea

Forage (33.6)

Bromus setifolius

Forage (33.5)

Bouteloua curtipendula

Forage (33.4)

Brachiaria humidicola

Forage (33.1)

Dalea purpurea

Forage (31.9)

Stipa grandis

Forage (31.7)

Coleogyne ramosissima

Forage (31.4)

Prosopis alpataco

Forage (30.7)

Brachiaria brizantha

Forage (28.5)

Kummerowia stipulacea

Forage (28.1)

Cichorium intybus

Forage (27.8)

Carex aquatilis

Forage (27.0)

Agrostis curtisii

Forage (26.2)

Melilotus indicus

Forage (25.7)

Panicum turgidum

Forage (25.2)

Cordia sinensis

Forage (24.4)

Lespedeza cuneata

Forage (24.3)

Eriophorum angustifolium

Forage (23.9)

Schizachyrium scoparium

Forage (23.9)

Schedonorus pratensis

Forage (23.7)

Panicum virgatum

Forage (23.2)

Paspalum quadrifarium

Forage (23.1)

Atriplex halimus

Forage (21.7)

Pennisetum ciliare

Forage (20.8)

Phleum pratense

Forage (20.3)

Festuca pallescens

Forage (19.7)

Salicornia bigelovii

Forage (19.7)

Cullen australasicum

Forage (19.4)

Yucca schidigera

Forage (19.0)

Medicago polymorpha

Forage (18.9)

Digitaria californica

Forage (18.8)

Festuca hallii

Forage (18.5)

Megathyrsus maximus

Forage (18.4)

Artemisia frigida

Forage (18.3)

Cleistogenes squarrosa

Forage (18.1)

Lolium perenne

Forage (17.2)

Bothriochloa laguroides

Forage (16.6)

Lycurus phleoides

Forage (16.5)

Elymus virginicus

Forage (16.4)

Chloris virgata

Forage (16.4)

Rorippa palustris

Forage (15.6)

Cactus opuntia

Forage (15.4)

Potentilla reptans

Forage (15.3)

Carex sempervirens

Forage (15.0)

Salix arctica

Forage (14.1)

Festuca arizonica

Forage (13.5)

Hedysarum coronarium

Forage (13.3)

Celtis bungeana

Forage (13.2)

Gutierrezia sarothrae

Forage (13.1)

Onobrychis viciifolia

Forage (12.8)

Atriplex canescens

Forage (12.8)

Artemisia tridentata

Forage (12.7)

Rhus copallinum

Forage (12.7)

Hyparrhenia hirta

Forage (12.5)

Elymus trachycaulus

Forage (11.3)

Acanthophoenix rubra

Forage (11.2)

Colophospermum mopane

Forage (10.8)

Lysimachia vulgaris

Forage (10.7)

Acacia mellifera

Forage (10.4)

Leontodon hispidus

Forage (10.2)

Desmodium canadense

Forage (9.9)

Acacia nigrescens

Forage (9.5)

Evolvulus sericeus

Forage (9.4)

Carex atrofusca

Forage (9.4)

Sapindus saponaria

Forage (9.4)

Carex duriuscula

Forage (9.3)

Galium verum

Forage (9.3)

Geoffroea decorticans

Forage (9.2)

Luzula confusa

Forage (9.2)

Ambrosia dumosa

Forage (9.2)

Flavocetraria cucullata

Forage (9.0)

Melilotus officinalis

Forage (8.5)

Nardus stricta

Forage (8.5)

Lotus pedunculatus

Forage (8.4)

Dryas integrifolia

Forage (8.4)

Gliricidia sepium

Forage (8.3)

Cladina arbuscula

Forage (8.3)

Ranunculus acris

Forage (8.2)

Kobresia myosuroides

Forage (8.0)

Setaria parviflora

Forage (7.9)

Flourensia cernua

Forage (7.6)

Calliandra calothyrsus

Forage (7.3)

Cenchrus biflorus

Forage (7.1)

Chrysanthemum coronarium

Forage (7.0)

Carex nigra

Forage (6.7)

Salix polaris

Forage (6.6)

Galium boreale

Forage (6.4)

Clitoria ternatea

Forage (6.4)

Acacia tortilis

Forage (6.4)

Acacia angustissima

Forage (6.2)

Bromus tectorum

Forage (5.9)

Acacia salicina

Forage (5.8)

Polygonum viviparum

Forage (5.8)

Bouteloua eriopoda

Forage (5.6)

Digitaria insularis

Forage (5.6)

Chamaecytisus proliferus

Forage (5.6)

Carex lasiocarpa

Forage (5.5)

Agave lechuguilla

Forage (5.4)

Luzula campestris

Forage (5.4)

Medicago intertexta

Forage (5.3)

Schizachyrium sanguineum

Forage (5.3)

Schmidtia pappophoroides

Forage (4.9)

Pithecellobium dulce

Forage (4.9)

Dianthus deltoides

Forage (4.3)

Acacia saligna

Forage (4.1)

Eragrostis tef

Forage (3.7)

Anthriscus sylvestris

Forage (3.6)

Biserrula pelecinus

Forage (3.0)

Artemisia aucheri

Forage (2.7)

Copernicia alba

Forage (2.4)

Avena strigosa


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