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Scientific Name: Festuca arundinacea
Pronunciation: fess-TEW-kuh uh-run-dih-NAY-see-uh
Common Name: tall fescue
Family Name: Poaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Key ID Features: Leaf vernation rolled, blade flat and stiff, sharply pointed blade 3-12 mm wide, strongly veined upper surface, strong midrib, lower surface keeled and slightly glossy, rough edges, sharp tip… auricles very small (or absent), rounded, pubescent …few trichomes on collar…ligule mostly 0.4-1.2 mm, smooth edged, with few trichomes…sheath round but keeled near top, glabrous, often reddish at base…+/- short rhizomes… bunching (tufted) habit. Field ID terms: wide, stiff, ridges, rolled.
Course(s): not used (on campus)

Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Golf green, Lawn - sports field
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown may include: F. 'Bingo' and F. 'Essential'.
tall fescue
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Grass-like
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation:
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Aristate
Bases: Sheathing
Margins: Ciliate
Additional Info: Leaves roilled in the bud.

Inflorescence Type: Panicle-like, Spikelet
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Green-yellow
Flower Time at Peak: May
Additional Info: Spikelet with 6 to 8 florets; spikelets arranged in narrowly pyramidal panicle.

Fruit Type: Grain (caryopsis)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: 6-9 mm long; lemma square at apex; awns absent; rachilla cylindrical and slender with a bulged, rounded tip; 500 grains per gram

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

Pest Susceptibility: Fungal leaf spot, Rust,
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