Schedonorus pratensis  (Festuca p.) meadow fescue; Kentucky bluegrass Poaceae FEPR*; Bx, vc; Q, f, wl; K, fl; R, c, js, lp, t;

 

Festuca pratensis. (Schedonorus p.).Richard Old, XID Services Inc., Bugwood.org.www.fs.fed.us

Festuca pratensis. (Schedonorus p.).Richard Old, XID Services Inc., Bugwood.org.www.fs.fed.us (Accessed 6/2014).

Schedonorus pratensis is a perennial, C3 grass (Wand et al. 1999), coarse, (much like S.. elatior) tufted. flowering stems to 1.2 m tall, smooth, base often bent (kneeling), very tough (Gargiullo pers. obs.), old sheaths, shredding to fibers. 

Leaves alternate blades lax, not ridge-veined, to 0.5 cm wide, lobed at base (auriculate), lobes hairless, ligule very short, sheaths smooth. 

Flower spikelets 1.0-1.5 cm, 4-10 flowered, glumes unequal, the first awl-shaped, 0.25-0.4 cm, the second 0.35-0.5 cm, 3-5 veined, lemmas to 0.7 cm long, 3-5-veined, acute, usually awnless, anthers ca 2 mm, spikelet axis completely or almost smooth; inflorescence 10-25 cm, contracted after flowering, erect or nodding at tip; blooms June-July. 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Schedonorus pratensis. By Marilee Lovit. Copyright © 2016 Marilee Lovit.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Schedonorus pratensis. By Marilee Lovit. Copyright © 2016 Marilee Lovit.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent in natural areas. Possibly more common along roadsides. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Open areas, lawns, meadows, roadsides. Mostly a lawn grass.