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Festuca viridula
green-leaf fescue

Distribution: British Colubia south to California, east to Alberta and Montana.

Habitat: Subalpine slopes, rock slides, and meadows to well above timberline.

Flowers: June - July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted perennial, forming small clumps, the culms 4-8 dm. tall.


Sheaths open, glabrous to pubescent, very strongly veined; ligules 0.5 mm. long, entire; blades flat, 1.5-2.5 mm. broad, finely puberulent above and glabrous beneath.


Inflorescence a somewhat-open panicle 6-15 cm. long; spikelets 3- to 7-flowered, the rachilla joints visible, 1-1.5 mm. long; first glume about 4 mm. long, 1-veined; second glume about 5 mm. long, 3-nerved; lemmas usually slightly scabrous, about 7 mm. long, acute, awnless or with an awn under 1 mm. long; paleas equal to the lemmas.

Accepted Name:
Festuca viridula Vasey
Publication: U.S.D.A. Div. Bot. Bull. 13(2): pl. 93. 1893.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Festuca viridula in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Festuca viridula checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Festuca viridula atlas page.

CalPhotos: Festuca viridula photos.

USDA Plants: Festuca viridula information.

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