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Festuca pratensis Huds., Fl. Angl. 37. 1762. Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind, Pak. 540. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl, Iraq 9:84.1968; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:84.1970; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 394.1976; Markgraf-Dannenberg in Tutin et al., Fl. Fur. 5:132.1980.

  • Festuca elatior Linn.
  • Festuca elatior subsp. pratensis (Buds,) Hack.
  • Schedonorus pratensis (Muds.) P. Beauv.

    Loosely to densely tufted perennial without rhizomes; culms 30-120 cm high, erect or spreading, moderately slender to stout. Leaf-blades flat, prominently ribbed above, up to 45 cm long, 3-8 mm wide, glossy beneath, sometimes scaberulous above; ligule up to 1mm long, with prominent glabrous falcate auricles. Panicle lanceolate to ovate, 10-20(-35)cm long, erect or nodding, ± 1-sided, the branches scabrid, Spikelets 5-12-flowered, (8,5-)10-20 mm long; lower glume 2-4mm long, 1-nerved; upper glume 3-5(-7)mm long, 1-3-nerved, lemmas narrowly oblong to lanceolate-oblong in side-view, 6-7mm long, smooth or scaberulous towards the tip, usually awnless; palea scabrid along the keels; anthers 3-4mm long; ovary glabrous.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: June-August.

    Type locality: England.

    Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan & N.W.F.P.); Europe and Southwest Asia; introduced in North America and elsewhere.

    Meadow Fescue is a valuable grazing and hay grass for rich, moist soils. c. 2000m.


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