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Festuca japonica Makino


Description from Flora of China

Festuca fauriei Hackel.

Plant loosely tufted or turf-forming, shortly rhizomatous; shoots extravaginal. Culms 30–75 cm tall, nodes 1–2(–3). Leaf sheaths smooth, loose; auricles absent; leaf blades flat or involute, 5–20 cm × 1–2.5 mm, veins 5, adaxial surface scabrid, abaxial surface smooth; adaxial to abaxial sclerenchyma strands absent; abaxial sclerenchyma in narrow discrete strands; ligule 0.2–0.5(–1) mm, margin ciliolate or not. Panicle loose, open, pyramidal, (7–)10–20 cm; branches horizontal or pendulous, (2–)4.5–9 cm, (1–)2 at lowest node, lower 2/3–3/4 naked. Spikelets 4–6 mm; florets 2–3(–4); glumes glabrous, margins membranous; lower glume lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm; upper glume ovate, 1.5–2 mm; rachilla internodes 0.4–0.8 mm; lemmas 3.5–4 mm, smooth; awns absent; palea keels scaberulous to ciliolate toward apex. Anthers 1.2–1.6(–2) mm. Ovary apex moderately hairy. Fl. and fr. May–Aug.

The relationships of this species are uncertain, although it has been placed in Festuca subg. Drymanthele.

Forests, grasslands, roadsides, streamsides; 1300–3100 m. Anhui, Gansu, Guizhou, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Japan, Korea].


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