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Last updated 6/9/2009 by David Giblin.
Festuca campestris Rydb.[FNA24, HC2]
prairie fescue

Publication: Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 1: 57. 1900.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA24: "Festuca campestris is a common species in prairies and montane and subalpine grasslands, at elevations to about 2000 m. Its range extends from southern British Columbia, Alberta, and southwestern Saskatchewan south through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. It is highly palatable and provides nutritious forage.

Festuca campestris differs from F. hallii in having larger spikelets, less stiffly erect panicles and, usually, in lacking rhizomes. Where the two are sympatric, F. campestris tends to grow at higher elevations."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Festuca altaica Trin., misapplied
Festuca altaica Trin. var. major (Vasey) Gleason
Festuca scabrella Torr. var. major Vasey