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Wood Fescue
Festuca altissima
Feisciú coille
Family: Poaceae

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

Loose, nodding, much-branched panicles of yellow-green spikelets with 3-5 flowers, awns absent. Broad, keeled, rough-edged, hairless leaves, tapering at points. Sheaths +/- rough, the ligules torn and blunt. Densely tufted, height 80-120cm.

Rare in southern Ireland in moist, shady woods and glens, more frequent in NI.

Similar: Meadow Fescue, Festuca pratensis


Wood Fescue. County Waterford. June 2008

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