- clump species
- very drought resistant
- cold tolerant
- tolerates short-term flooding
- bluish-leaves with white mid-rib.
Makarikari grass cv. Bambatsi grows well in subtropical regions receiving
400-900 mm rainfall, since its deep fibrous root system makes it very
drought resistant. It will grow well on red earths and poorly structured
salty soils, but does best on heavy black cracking clay soils where it
can tolerate periodic flooding, salinity and frost..
Bambatsi has bluish-coloured leaves with a prominent white mid-rib. It can remain
greener during winter than other tropical grasses, and is able to produce strong basal
shoots in response to winter rain.
Bambatsi is somewhat slow to develop in its first year, but, although
very palatable, it can withstand very heavy stocking once well established.
It can cause photosensitisation in sheep and goats.
Bambatsi seeds more freely than the other more stoloniferous cultivars,
Burnett and Pollock, and is the only seed available now. However, it does
not spread readily in the paddock.