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Table 2 Percent (%) contribution of herbaceous species to total biomass production in cleared and uncleared sites

From: Short-term responses of herbaceous vegetation to bush clearing in semi-arid rangelands of South Africa

Species Palatability Cleared Uncleared
Aristida bipartita L 8.0 11.6
Aristida congesta subsp. barbicollis L 11.4 2.0
Sporobolus ludwigii L 0.0 4.3
Tragus berteronianus L 1.5 0.0
Brachiaria eruciformis M 4.0 5.2
Bothriochloa insculpta M 1.8 3.2
Chloris virgata M 2.9 0.0
Cynodon dactylon M 5.7 7.4
Eragrostis lehmanniana M 15.5 11.0
Fingerhuthia africana M 0.0 0.8
Ischaemum afrum M 5.8 20.1
Digitaria eriantha H 8.5 8.9
Heteropogon contortus H 0.3 0.0
Panicum colorotum H 12.5 2.7
Setaria sphacelata H 2.2 7.4
Sesbania bispinosa H 0.5 0.0
Urochloa mosambicensis H 2.3 5.7
Forbs U 14.4 8.8
Indigofera species U 0.6 0.4
Rhyncosia minima U 1.3 0.4
Sena italica U 0.7 0.0
Tephrosia purpurea U 0.3 0.0
  1. L low palatability, M moderate palatability, H high palatability, U unpalatable