Festuca arundinacea Schreb. - Tall (reed) fescue.

Taxonomical position.

Family Poaceae Benth. Genera Festuca L..

Morphology and biology.

Perennial cereal. The plant forms short rhizomes. Stalks of height of 50-120 cm. Leaves flat, hardish, 5-11 mm of width. Panicle 20-30 cm of the length, hanging; in the bottom node of panicle long branchlet with numerous spikelets, and the short one with 4-8 spikelets. Spikelets 8-12 mm of length, with 4-6 flowers. The bottom floral scale lanceolate, 6-9 mm of length, on a top integral or two-gear, without awns or with awn up to 0,5 mm of length. Blossoms in June - July. Anemophilous. 2n=42.


Baltic, Ladoga-Ilmen floristic area.


On meadows, it is usual along sea coast.

Use and economic value.

Fodder plant; amenital plant.

The literature:

Tzvelev N.N. Cereals of the USSR. - Leningrad: "Nauka", 1976. - 788 pages.
Hulten E., Fries M. Atlas of Northen European Vascular Plants, Northen of the Tropic of Cancer: V.1-3. - Konigstein, 1986. - 1172 p.

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