Temperate perennial grasses in a nutshell

Of the established perennial pasture species, perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) and tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) have been used to some extent on land with low salinity.

In non-saline/moderately waterlogged situations, phalaris is generally a more productive, stable and reliable species than the other temperate grasses and it is likely that these same advantages apply on land of low salinity. Tall fescue is the other temperate perennial pasture species with sufficient salinity tolerance to include in this option.

These mildly salt tolerant grasses are rarely used by themselves for saltland rehabilitation – in most cases they are included in a shotgun mix of more and less salt tolerant species. This is because salt affected land is often very patchy and if included in a mix, the temperate perennial grasses will occupy the niches for which they are best suited. 

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