Calflora
Taxon  Report   11688    
Festuca microstachys  Nutt.
Small fescue
Festuca microstachys
© 2008 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
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
Communities: 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:
ICPN: Festuca arida
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys var. pauciflora
ICPN: Vulpia microstachys var. microstachys
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More information about  Festuca microstachys
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (VUMIM)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 16, 2018).

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