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Festuca arundinacea  Schreb.
Alta fescue,   Reed fescue,   Tall fescue
Festuca arundinacea is a perennial grasslike herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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Genus: Festuca
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Communities: wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFFestuca elatior
JEFLolium arundinaceum
JEFSchedonorus arundinaceus
JEFSchedonorus phoenix
PLANTSSchedonorus arundinaceus
Information about  Festuca arundinacea from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Festuca arundinacea (tall fescue) is a perennial grass with coarse foliage (family Poaceae) found throughout California except in the Great Basin and deserts. It favors sites with heavy soil, including grassland, coastal scrub, roadsides, ditches and other disturbed sites. Tall fescue is commonly planted for turf and hay or erosion control, but it has escaped cultivation and invaded wild areas. After tall fescue plants die, their leaves fall to the ground and create a thick thatch which prevents native plant seeds from germinating. Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Europe native: Festuca arundinacea (syn., Schedonorus arundinaceus and Lolium arundinaceum) is a species of grass commonly known as tall fescue. It is a cool-season perennial C3 species of bunchgrass native to Europe. It is an important forage grass throughout Europe, and many cultivars have been used in agriculture. It is also an ornamental grass in gardens, and a phytoremediation plant. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/07/2023).