Festuca arundinacea Schreb.

Tall Fescue

Spic. Fl. Lips. 57 (1771) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted perennial, culms 30–200 cm high. Leaves strongly ribbed, smooth or scabrous, glabrous except for ciliate margins of auricles; blade flat, to 60 cm long and 12 mm wide; ligule 0.5–2 mm long. Panicle linear to lanceolate in outline, often interrupted, 10–50 cm long. Spikelets 3–10-flowered, 10–18 mm long, often purplish; glumes 3.5–7 mm long, equal or the upper up to 1.5 mm longer than lower; lemma acute or narrowly bilobed, 6–9 mm long, smooth to scabrous along nerves, awnless or with a subterminal awn to 4 mm long; palea equal to lemma. Flowers mostly Oct.–Feb.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Naturalized in all States except NT, also widely in temperate regions of the world. Native through most of Europe, temperate Asia, northern Africa. In Victoria preferring winter-wet areas and particularly common along roadside ditches and in irrigated areas.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Festuca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Festuca arundinacea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Festuca arundinacea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
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