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Festuca rubra

Festuca rubra L.

 

Red Fescue

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyPoaceaeGrasses (but not sedges or rushes)
GenusFestucaFrom the Latin festuca, “a grass stalk or straw”
SpeciesrubraFrom the Latin ruber or rubra meaning “red”

About plant names...

Red fescue is a native North American grass that flourishes in a wide variety of habitats.

Identification: Plants are 4-20" (10-50 cm) high. Grass blades are flat and very dark green. The ear is 4½" (11 cm) long. Earlets have 3 to 6 flowers.

Online References:

Festuca rubra on Desert-tropicals.com

Festuca rubra at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Festuca rubra on CalPhotos

Festuca rubra on Wikimedia Commons

Festuca rubra on Wikipedia

Festuca rubra on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Festuca rubra at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Festuca rubra on the Toolik↔Arctic Geobotanical Atlas

Festuca rubra on eFloras

References:

Knobel, Edward, Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United States, Dover Publications Inc., 1980, p. 18

Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

9/18/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 3½ × 2' (1 × 0.7 m) ID is uncertain

Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

6/9/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA ID is uncertain

Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

5/29/2010 · Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, ME
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Festuca rubra description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

6/9/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA ID is uncertain

Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

Head 11 inches long. · 6/9/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA ID is uncertain

Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

6/9/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 3-6:

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