Vulpia ciliata Dumort.

Fringed Fescue

in Link, Hort. Berol. 1: 147 (1827) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted annual, culms slender, erect, to 45 cm high. Leaf-blades flat or inrolled, to 10 cm long and 2 mm wide. Inflorescence a narrow, one-sided spike-like panicle or raceme, erect or slightly drooping, 3–20 cm long, not or barely exserted from uppermost leaf-sheath; pedicels mostly less than 1 mm long, rudimentary in upper part of inflorescence. Spikelets 5–11 mm long (excluding awns), 3–10-flowered, only the lower 1–3 usually fertile; lower glume to 1 mm long, often barely apparent (less than one quarter as long as upper), upper glume 1.5–4 mm, unawned; body of fertile lemma 4–6.5 mm long, ciliate along margins and often also along dorsal nerve, awn usually up to twice as long as lemma body, callus rounded, c. 0.1 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *LoM, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised in SA, NSW. Native to the Mediterranean area. Of scattered occurrence in Victoria, found chiefly on sandy or dry, well-drained soils in the north and west of the state (e.g. Wyperfeld National Park, St Arnaud, Mt Arapiles, Castlemaine, Wangaratta districts) with an isolated record from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-25
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Vulpia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Vulpia ciliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vulpia ciliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory