West Highland Flora

Red Fescue


Festuca rubra

 

Festuca rubra

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye

Common in grassland and saltmarshes.

Spikelets 5-14 mm long.

ID: Typical Fescue spikelets as in pic below.  Leaves do not have sickle-shaped auricles at junction with stem.  Sheaths of young shoots are tubular, not overlapping at the back (but they split when older).

Other features: Spikelets often reddish.  Leaves often glaucous in saltmarsh forms.  Spreads by stolons (unlike Sheep's Fescue).  Leaves of sterile shoots inrolled and < 1mm wide, stem leaves may be inrolled or flat (those of Sheep's Fescue never flat or > 0.7 mm wide)

 

Festuca rubra

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye

 

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