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Perennial Peanut: An Alternative Forage of Growing Importance

What Is It?

The rhizoma (perennial) peanut (Arachis glabrata Benth.) is a primitive peanut that produces very few seed in contrast to common peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). It is a warm season/tropical perennial legume native to South America. Its potential uses include hay and other dehydrated products, pasture, creep grazing, silage, ornamental, conservation cover, and living mulch in association with other crops. Perennial peanut fills a unique niche in Florida because there is no other perennial warm-season legume that rivals its forage quality, persistence, and broad spectrum of uses. In the continental United States, it can be produced commercially in Florida and the southern portions of Georgia and the Gulf Coast states.

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