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Scientific Name: Festuca rubra var. rubra
Pronunciation: fess-TEW-kuh ROO-bruh variety ROO-bruh
Common Name: creeping red fescue
Family Name: Poaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Key ID Features: Leaf vernation folded but hard to see (bristle-like leaves), blade slightly folded, <2 mm wide, deeply ridged on upper surface (heavily veined), tips rounded and not boat-shaped… auricles absent…ligule <0.3 mm, truncate…sheath base reddish, round to very slightly compressed, wider than blade…rhizomes present…stolons absent… bunching, thatchy, aggressive, dense sod habit with bent culms.
Course(s): not used (on campus)

Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:< 0.1m
Spread:< 0.1m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Golf green, Green roof technology
Additional Info: Google. Compare to chewings fescue, F. rubra var. commutata.
creeping red fescue
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Grass-like
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation:
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Acicular
Additional Info: Leaves folded in the bud.

Inflorescence Type: Panicle-like, Spikelet
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Red
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun
Additional Info: Spikelets tightly packed with 10 to 20 florets alternately arranged along a common axis.
Fruit Type: Grain (caryopsis)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: 4-6 mm long; awns > 1.5 mm long; lemma 4-6 x 1-1.5 mm, smooth; rachilla slender, long, round with flared tip; 1,200 grains per gram

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

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