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Taxon: Festuca brachyphylla Schult. & Schult. f.

Genus: Festuca
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Poeae
Subtribe: Loliinae
Nomen number: 16636
Place of publication: Mant. 3:646. 1827
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 13-May-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 20 (19 active, 11 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (as F. ovina var. brachyphylla) revegetator (as F. ovina var. brachyphylla) revegetator (as F. ovina var. brachyphylla)

Distributional Range:


    • SIBERIA: Russian Federation [Buryatia, Gorno-Altay, Tuva, Yakutia-Sakha, Altay, Krasnoyarsk, Taymyr, Chita, Irkutsk, Yamal Nenets]
    • MIDDLE ASIA: Kazakhstan (s.e.), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
    • RUSSIAN FAR EAST: Russian Federation [Kamchatka, Magadan]

    • NORTHERN EUROPE: Svalbard and Jan Mayen [Svalbard]
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Russian Federation-European part [European part (n.)]

    Northern America
    • SUBARCTIC AMERICA: Canada, [Northwest Territories, Yukon] Greenland, United States [Alaska]
    • EASTERN CANADA: Canada [Québec, Ontario (n.), Newfoundland and Labrador]
    • WESTERN CANADA: Canada [Saskatchewan (n.), Alberta, Manitoba (n.), British Columbia]
    • NORTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Vermont]
    • NORTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Colorado, Montana (w.), Oregon, Washington, Wyoming]
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arizona, California, Utah]


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  2. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson. 2012. Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource) URL: www.skud.info
  3. Alexeev, E. 1979. Genus Festuca L. in Asia Media. Novosti Sist. Vyssh. Rast. 15:53.
  4. Cody, W. J. 1996. Flora of the Yukon Territory.
  5. Cronquist, A. et al. 1972-. Intermountain flora. Note: = Festuca ovina var. brevifolia S. Watson
  6. Fjellheim, S. et al. 2001. Molecules and morphology in concert. II. The Festuca brachyphylla complex (Poaceae) in Svalbard. Amer. J. Bot. 88:869-882.
  7. Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2
  8. Guldahl, A. S. et al. 2001. Variation in the Festuca brachyphylla (Poaceae) complex in Svalbard, elucidated by chromosome numbers and isozymes. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 137:107-126.
  9. Hickman, J. C., ed. 1993. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California
  10. Hitchcock, A. S. 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States, ed. 2. Note: = Festuca ovina var. brachyphylla (Schult.) Piper
  11. Hitchcock, C. L. et al. 1955-1969. Vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest. Note: = Festuca ovina var. brevifolia S. Watson
  12. Pavlick, L. E. 1984. Studies on the Festuca ovina complex in the Canadian Cordillera. Canad. J. Bot. 62:2452.
  13. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  14. Rønning, O. I. 1996. The flora of Svalbard.
  15. Smith, S. R. & A. Mintenko. 2000. Developing and evaluating North American native grasses for turf use. Diversity 16:44. Note: = Festuca ovina var. brachyphylla (Schult. & Schult. f.) Piper
  16. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964-1980. Flora europaea.
  17. Tzvelev, N. N. 1976. Zlaki SSSR
  18. Welsh, S. L. et al. 1993. A Utah flora. Note: = Festuca ovina var. brevifolia S. Watson

Check other web resources for Festuca brachyphylla Schult. & Schult. f. :


  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?16636. Accessed 25 February 2020.