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Festuca pratensis

Festuca pratensis (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Pooideae
Tribus: Festuceae
Subtribus: Loliinae
Genus: Festuca
Species: Festuca pratensis
Subspecies: F. pratensis subsp. apennina - F. pratensis subsp. pratensis

Festuca pratensis Huds.

Schedonorus pratensis (Huds.) P.Beauv.
Lolium pratense (Huds.) Darbysh.[1]


Fl. angl. 37. 1762
Flora Europaea [1]
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [2]

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Wiesen-Schwingel
English: Meadow Fescue
eesti: Harilik aruhein
suomi: Nurminata
français: Fétuque des prés
magyar: Réti csenkesz
македонски: Ливадски виук
Nederlands: Beemdlangbloem
русский: Овсяница луговая

Festuca pratensis, the meadow fescue,[1] is a perennial species of grass, which is often used as an ornamental grass in gardens, and is also an important forage crop.

It grows in meadows, roadsides, old pastures, and riversides on moist, rich soils, especially on loamy and heavy soils.

It is a tall, tufted grass similar to the tall fescue, Festuca arundinacea. Tall fescue differs by having minute hairs on the auricles. It can hybridise with Lolium perenne and Lolium multiflorum.[2]

It is a perennial bunchgrass, (i.e. grows in tufts), which grows 30–120 cm (12–47 in), flowering from June until August. The panicles are green to purplish. The spikelets have 5 to 14 flowers.

It has a short, blunt ligule compared to other grasses 1 mm high. The leaves are bright green and up to 4 mm across.[3]


Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
Collins Pocket Gude Grasses, Sedges, Rushes & Ferns Of Britain and Northern Europe, 1995, 0 00 219136 9
Grasses by C E Hubbard, 1978, published by Penguin books

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