Taxon  Report   11688 
Festuca microstachys  Nutt.
Small fescue
Festuca microstachys
© 2008 Keir Morse
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Festuca microstachys
© 2011 Steve Matson
Festuca microstachys
© 2002 Dean Wm. Taylor
Festuca microstachys, a monocot, is an annual grass that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Festuca microstachys
© 2004 Robert E. Preston, Ph.D.
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Festuca
Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities)
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF
PLANTS accepted name: Vulpia microstachys var. microstachys
Alternate Names:
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ICPN: Festuca arida
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys var. pauciflora
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys var. microstachys
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys var. confusa
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys var. ciliata
ICPN: Festuca tracyi
ICPN: Festuca reflexa
ICPN: Festuca pacifica
ICPN: Festuca microstachys var. simulans
ICPN: Festuca microstachys var. pauciflora
ICPN: Festuca microstachys var. ciliata
ICPN: Festuca grayi
ICPN: Festuca eastwoodiae
ICPN: Festuca confusa
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys
More information about  Festuca microstachys
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Sep 20, 2018).

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