Festuca brevipila (F. ovina) sheep fescue; hard fescue Poaceae FEOV*; NY ct; Q, fr, j; K, pl; R, w;


Festuca ovina.Les Mehrhoff.www.discoverlife.org

Festuca ovina.Les Mehrhoff.www.discoverlife.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Festuca brevipila is a perennial C3 grass (Koukoura 1998), about 30 cm tall, densely tufted; flowering stems wiry, much longer than leaves, thin. 

Leaves alternate, basal leaves wiry, hair-like, dense, most much shorter than flowering stems, blue-green (Gargiullo pers. obs.), blades very narrow, 0.05 cm wide, leaf sheaths of flowering stems open to base, margins overlapping, basal sheaths white. 

Flower spikelets 0.5-0.7 cm, 3-8 flowered, glumes unequal, lemmas short-awned; inflorescence rather contracted panicle. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent in natural areas. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Dry soil, open areas, roadsides, lawns, meadows, soil pH 5.5-7.5, tolerant of drought, moderately tolerant of fire, shade, intolerant of salt (USDA, NRCS 2010). 

Notes: a lawn and pasture grass.