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Red Fescue
Festuca rubra agg.
Feisciú rua
Family: Poaceae

Flowering May - July. Perennial. Native.
Identified by Paul Green

Very variable grass with several subspecies recognised. 15-80cm.
Shortly rhizomatous or tufted grass with branched, spreading flowerheads. Many-flowered spikelets usually greenish, some coastal forms can be purplish-red. Basal leaves bristle-like, stem leaves flat when fresh. Lower sheaths often reddish, fibrous at base of tufts.

Widespread and can be very common in most grassy habitats. Walls, dunes, saltmarshes, sea-cliffs, lowland pastures, mountain slopes, rock ledges.

Similar: Sheep's Fescue, Festuca ovina



Red Fescue.

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