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*Festuca trachyphylla (Hackel) Krajina. Hard Fescue. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Meadows, pastures, disturbed areas, often used for soil stabilization. Dist: Native of Eurasia.

Origin/Endemic status: Eurasia

Taxonomy Comments: The nomenclatural debate about the application of the name F. trachyphylla is summarized in Darbyshire & Pavlick (1997).

Synonymy: = C, FNA24, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, Mo1, NE, NY, Pa, Tn, Va, Aiken & Darbyshire (1990), Tucker (1996); = n/a – Tat; < Festuca ovina L. – RAB, S, W, WV; < Festuca ovina L. var. duriuscula (L.) W.D.J.Koch – F, G, HC, misapplied as to our material; < Festuca ovina L. var. ovina – F, G, HC

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: UPL
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: UPL
  • Great Plains: UPL
  • Midwest: FACU
  • Northcentral & Northeast: UPL

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
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