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

Species attracting attention:
for likely turf production

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of likely turf 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]  [forage]  [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]  [vegetable]  [wastewater treatment]  [weed]  [wood fibre]


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

Species name

Turf (96.1)

Agrostis stolonifera

Turf (85.8)

Sphagnum balticum

Turf (81.9)

Festuca rubra

Turf (76.0)

Agrostis vinealis

Turf (72.7)

Avenula pubescens

Turf (69.2)

Sanionia uncinata

Turf (65.3)

Poa labillardierei

Turf (64.0)

Schedonorus pratensis

Turf (62.9)

Racomitrium lanuginosum

Turf (50.4)

Lolium perenne

Turf (49.8)

Schedonorus phoenix

Turf (44.4)

Luzula multiflora

Turf (44.1)

Sphagnum fuscum

Turf (43.7)

Agrostis capillaris

Turf (38.1)

Carex oligosperma

Turf (36.2)

Galium saxatile

Turf (34.2)

Xanthoria elegans

Turf (30.7)

Conyza sumatrensis

Turf (29.6)

Plagiomnium cuspidatum

Turf (28.5)

Luzula campestris

Turf (26.8)

Koeleria macrantha

Turf (25.7)

Andromeda polifolia

Turf (24.3)

Duchesnea indica

Turf (23.6)

Bouteloua curtipendula

Turf (23.5)

Astragalus angustifolius

Turf (22.9)

Deschampsia cespitosa

Turf (22.1)

Hypochoeris radicata

Turf (18.6)

Carex bigelowii

Turf (17.4)

Festuca arizonica

Turf (16.2)

Lysimachia japonica

Turf (15.5)

Chamaesyce maculata

Turf (15.2)

Bouteloua gracilis

Turf (14.6)

Chamaedaphne calyculata

Turf (13.8)

Carex magellanica

Turf (13.3)

Leontodon hispidus

Turf (11.7)

Campanula patula

Turf (11.0)

Brachypodium pinnatum

Turf (10.9)

Bromus erectus

Turf (10.6)

Cerastium fontanum

Turf (9.8)

Poa secunda

Turf (9.5)

Calystegia soldanella

Turf (9.4)

Prunella vulgaris

Turf (9.3)

Succisa pratensis

Turf (8.6)

Eriophorum angustifolium

Turf (8.5)

Vaccinium uliginosum

Turf (8.4)

Eucalyptus ovata

Turf (8.4)

Empetrum nigrum

Turf (8.4)

Cerastium arvense

Turf (8.3)

Hypochaeris radicata

Turf (7.3)

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Turf (7.0)

Aulacomnium palustre

Turf (7.0)

Eriophorum vaginatum

Turf (6.6)

Erodium cicutarium

Turf (6.5)

Pennisetum ciliare

Turf (6.2)

Cladophora coelothrix

Turf (4.5)

Calliergonella cuspidata


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Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following: for plant names: Australian Plant Name Index, Australian National Herbarium; ; The International Plant Names Index, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Harvard University Herbaria/Australian National Herbarium; Plants Database, United States Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service;DJ Mabberley (1997) The Plant Book, Cambridge University Press (Second Edition); JH Wiersma and B Leon (1999) World Economic Plants, CRC Press; RJ Hnatiuk (1990) Census of Australian Vascular Plants, Australian Government Publishing Service; for information: Science Direct; Wiley Online Library; High Wire; Oxford Journals; USDA National Agricultural Library; for synonyms: The Plant List; for common names:; etc.

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