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Taxon: Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) R. P. Murray

Genus: Festuca
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Poeae
Subtribe: Loliinae
Nomen number: 16747
Place of publication: Proc. Somersetshire Archaeol. Nat. Hist. Soc. 41:418. 1895 (Fl. Somerset 418. 1896)
Link to protologue: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3006540?urlappend=%3Bseq=382
Name Verified on: 03-Oct-2019 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 20 (19 active, 5 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:

  • hard fescue  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • hard fescue  (Source: ICAW) - English (Canada)
  • fétuque à feuilles rudes  (Source: ICAW) - French (Canada)
  • hårdsvingel  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: lawn/turf (as Festuca brevipila) revegetator (as Festuca brevipila) revegetator (as Festuca brevipila)

Distributional Range:


    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation, [Volgograd] Ukraine

    Cultivated (also cult.)

    Naturalized (natzd. elsewhere)


  1. Afonin, A. N., S. L. Greene, N. I. Dzyubenko, & A. N. Frolov, eds. Interactive agricultural ecological atlas of Russia and neighboring countries. Economic plants and their diseases, pests and weeds (on-line resource). URL: http://www.agroatlas.ru/en/content/related/Festuca_trachyphylla/ target='_blank'
  2. Aiken, S. G. et al. 1996-. Festuca of North America: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval.
  3. Darbyshire, S. J. & L. E. Pavlick. 1997. Nomenclatural notes on North American grasses. Phytologia 82:73-78.
  4. Darbyshire, S. J. 2003. Inventory of Canadian Agricultural Weeds Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 26-27.
  5. Englert, J. M. et al. 1999-. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators
  6. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America.
  7. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  8. Skvortsov, A. K., ed. 2006. Flora of the Lower Volga region 1:216-217. Note: lists as Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) Krajina
  9. Soreng, R. J. et al. 2003. Catalogue of New World grasses (Poaceae): IV. Subfamily Pooideae. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 48:364.
  10. Wilkinson, M. J. & C. A. Stace. 1988. The taxonomic relationships and typification of Festuca brevipila Tracey and F. lemanii Bastard (Poaceae). Watsonia 17:293. Note: treats as an illegitimate later homonym of Festuca trachyphylla Hack. ex Druce (1915)
  11. Wilkinson, M. J. & C. A. Stace. 1991. A new taxonomic treatment of the Festuca ovina aggregate (Poaceae) in the British Isles. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 106:393. Note: treats as an illegitimate later homonym of Festuca trachyphylla Hack. ex Druce (1915)
  12. 2018. Mid-Atlantic invasive plant species (on-line resource)

Check other web resources for Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) R. P. Murray :

  • World Grass Species-Descriptions: Morphological species description from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

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?16747. Accessed 16 February 2020.