Africa, reported to be introduced into cultivation by Cecil Rhodes, South Africa in 1895
Katambora is a diploid and has finer leaves and stems; it can persist under low fertility than Callide, has better tolerance to low temperature and can remain leafy and productive into autumn.
Callide is a giant tetraploid type and is later flowering than Katambora, thus can remain leafier over summer when compared to Katambora. However it needs higher fertility soils and is less cold tolerant than Katambora. It may require higher rainfall to persist and can be more productive and palatable under conditions of higher fertility.
Seeds are small and light – with over 4 million seeds/kg. Thus, for seed handling such as seeding, ProTech coated seeds will provide advantages
Callide Rhodes is a highly productive, palatable and persistent perennial grass. It has excellent drought and cold tolerance. Due to its aggressive growth habit, it is also suited to acid and sandy soils of low fertility.