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World feeder Bermuda grass
PP7081 World feeder Bermuda grass
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Inventor: Gordon
Date Issued: December 19, 1989
Application: 07/280,227
Filed: December 5, 1988
Inventors: Gordon; Louis R. (Bethany, OK)
Primary Examiner: Bagwill; Robert E.
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U.S. Class: PLT/389
Field Of Search: Plt/88
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Abstract: A variety of Bermuda grass, called World Feeder, having all the desirable traits of Alicia Bermuda grass plus excellent cold hardiness.
Claim: I claim:

1. A new variety of Bermuda grass as shown and described.
Description: World Feeder Bermuda grass is a mutant developed through selectionon my acreage in Bethany, Okla. It comes from a planting in 1973 of Alicia Bermuda grass and has all of the good qualities of Alicia. However, the drawback of Alicia was that it was not winter hardy in colder climates. The major difference is thatWorld Feeder Bermuda grass has proven winter hardy. It has thrived in the face of severe winters, where there were days on end of -5 to +10 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill factors of -20 to -30 degrees. No winter kill has been evidenced during thistime.

The World Feeder Bermuda grass is a fast growing, hybrid Bermuda grass, averaging knee high in summer, growing approximately 1 inch per day in warm weather, has a deep penetrating root system, and is tender and succulent for pasture grazingand hay. The crude protein averages around 19% plus, with digestible protein approximately 75%. Tests show the crude fiber to be 16% and the fat 2.5%. It has great drought resistant qualities due to the deep root system and has a sweet taste. Itretains 50% of its greenness even after a killing frost (November 1st in Oklahoma) and stays relatively green until late December. Emergence begins in April and by June 1 is in full growth.

`World Feeder` Bermuda grass, Cynodon dactylon var. aridus (seems to be the same variety as Alicia) is a stoloniferous sward-forming perennial with sparse long, slender, deeply penetrating rhizomes; surface stolons slender and very fastspreading, sometimes reaching lengths of 10-12 meters; culms slender, 8-40 cm. high and 0.5-1.25 mm. in diameter. Leaf-blades flat, or folded when dry, often short and narrow, 1-12 cm. long and 2-4 mm. wide, glaucous, scaberulous, with or withoutscattered hairs; liqule a membranous rim 0.2-0.3 mm. long, ciliate on the edge. Inflorescences few with 4-6 racemes usually 4-6 cm. long, in a single whorl. Spikelets 2-2.5 mm. long; glumes lanceolate in side view, 1-nerved, the upper 1/2-3/4 aslong as the spikelet; lemma silky pubescent on the keel; palea glabrous. Growth habit results in production of a very loose mat rather than a turf.

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