Genus: Festuca L.

Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Poeae
Subtribe: Loliinae
Common names: fescue
Genus number: 4658
Last updated: 13-Aug-2009
Accession Count: 3723 (2949 active, 2282 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

List of Species Records in GRIN


  1. Aiken, S. G. et al. 1998. Implications from SDS-PAGE analysis of seed proteins in the classification of taxa of Festuca and Lolium (Poaceae). Biochem. Syst. & Ecol. 26:511-533.
  2. Catalan, P. et al. 2004. Phylogeny of the festucoid grasses of subtribe Loliinae and allies (Poeae, Pooideae) inferred from ITS and trnL-F sequences. Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 31:517-541. Note: paraphyletic as currently delimited
  3. Chen, X. et al. 2003. Systematic studies of Festuca (Poaceae) occurring in China compared with taxa in North America. Canad. J. Bot. 81:1008-1028.
  4. Darbyshire, S. J. 1993. Realignment of Festuca subgenus Schedonorus with the genus Lolium (Poaceae). Novon 3:239-243. URL: target='_blank'
  5. Hand, M. L. et al. 2010. Evolutionary history of tall fescue morphotypes inferred from molecular phylogenetics of the Lolium-Festuca species complex. B. M. C. Evol. Biol. 10:303. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-303
  6. Torrecilla, P. & P. Catalan. 2002. Phylogeny of broad-leaved and fine-leaved Festuca lineages (Poaceae) based on nuclear ITS sequences. Syst. Bot. 27:241-251. Note: a paraphyletic genus as currently circumscribed
  7. Torrecilla, P. et al. 2003. Systematics of Festuca L. sects. Eskia Willk., Pseudatropis Kriv., Amphigenes (Janka) Tzvel., Pseudoscariosa Kriv. and Scariosae Hack. based on analysis of morphological characters and DNA sequences. Pl. Syst. Evol. 239:113-139.

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