Festuca arundinacea Schreb., Spic. Fl. Lips. 57 1771. (Syn: Aira oryzetorum Spreng. ………………………………….);
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Festuca arundinacea (syn., Lolium arundinaceum Darbyshire; Schedonorus phoenix (Scop.) Holub) is a species of grass commonly known as tall fescue.
It is a cool-season perennial C3 species of bunchgrass native to Europe. It is an important forage grass throughout Europe, and many cultivars have been used in agriculture. It is also an ornamental grass in gardens, and a phytoremediation plant.
Tall fescue is a long-lived perennial bunchgrass species. Photosynthesis occurs throughout the leaves, which form bunches and are thick and wide with prominent veins running parallel the entire length of the blade. The blades have a “toothed” edge which can be felt if fingers are run down the edge of the leaf blade. The underside of the leaf may be shiny. Emerging leaves are rolled in the bud with no prominent ligule. Note that most grasses are folded not rolled, which make this a key idenification feature on tall fescue. The auricles are usually blunt but occasionally may be more clawlike. The culm is round in cross-section. Typically, this species of grass has a long growing season and ranges between 2 to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall in seedhead stage.
Tall fescue spreads through tillering and seed transmission — not by stolon – above ground runnerss or rhizome – below ground runnerss, which are common in many grass species. However, tall fescue may have numerous sterile shoots that extend the width of each bunch. There are approximately 227,000 seeds per pound.
(From Wikipedia on 19.4.13)
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Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors. Tall grass photographed from University Botanical Garden, Kashmir. Pl. help in ID.


Festuca arundinacea variety


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Attachments (1). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Grass photographed from Dachhigam Kashmir, pl. help in ID


Festuca arundinacea


lemma in the photogspraph are clearly mucronate it is Festuca sp. (could be festuca valesiaca or F. polycolea)


Festuca arundinacea as suggested by …


 

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