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Family: Gramineae
Festuca rubra

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 74 (1753).

Synonymy: F. duriuscula L., Sp. Pl. 74 (1753); F. asperula sensu H. Eichler, Suppl. 67 (1965), non Vick.

Common name: Red rescue, creepingfescue.

Rather slender, but the erect stems stiff, 10-70 cm high; usually stoloniferous; leaves mostly basal, setaceous, short; ligule short, with small lateral lobes.

Panicle contracted or spreading, 3-15 cm long, with solitary branches; spikelets 8-12 mm long, 6-8-flowered; first glume c. 4 mm long, 1-nerved; second glume c. 5 mm long, 3-nerved; lemma faintly 5-nerved, 5-6 mm long, terminating in an awn of 1-2 mm; palea 2-toothed; anthers 3, c. 4 mm long.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   Native to Europe, Asia and North America.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Oct. — Dec.

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Biology: No text

Uses: Several varieties have been introduced as pasture and lawn grasses.

Taxonomic notes: F. asperula Vick., Contr. N.S.W. hath. Herb. 1:12 (1939), was described to give a new name to plants named as F. duriuscula L. in N.S.W. and has since been found in. Vic., but no material has definitely been reported from S.Aust. Black's record for Saddleworth (NL region) was based on a collection from an experimental plot. It differs from F. rubra in its leaves being rough to the touch and in the lemma being 6-8 mm long.

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