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Taxon: Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) Hack.

Genus: Festuca
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Poeae
Subtribe: Loliinae
Nomen number: 16747
Place of publication: G. C. Druce, Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 4:29. 1915
Link to protologue:
Comment: "F. trachyphylla Hackel" in Druce (1915) is treated here as an earlier isonym of F. trachyphylla (Hack.) Krajina (Acta Bot. Bohem. 9:190. 1930), the no. "2787(2)" in Druce (1915) being taken as an indirect reference to a basionym (Shenzhen ICN Art. 41.3) in Druce (1908) List of British Plants entry 2787 Festuca ovina L., under which appears "e. [var.] trachyphylla Hack." (= F. ovina subvar. trachyphylla Hack.). Because part of Druce's (1915) entry of this name is quoted from Hackel, he can be taken as having contributed in some way to the entry, so the authorship can be taken as ascribed under Shenzhen ICN Art. 46.2 (i.e. "(Hack.) Hack.")
Name Verified on: 08-Jan-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 20 (19 active, 5 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

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)


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  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.) Hack. :

  • 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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?16747. Accessed 22 September 2019.