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Shrubby Stylo is of South American origin having spread through Brazil into most tropical countries. It is a summer-growing pasture legume that is extremely tolerant to drought, poor soil, and heavy grazing due to its long taproot. It establishes easily though may not attain much growth until the second season. Its woody, erect stems may be killed by hard frosts or fire but it regrows from dropped seeds or its strong root system. It can be cut for silage or hay when it is young.


Hardy perennial that grows up to 2m tall. Drought tolerant but not frost or flood tolerant. Requires 800mm mean rainfall. Very late flowering and adapted to infertile soils.