G.104. Festuca L. - Fescues


Description of the genus

Perennials. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 2-several-flowered. Glumes subequal; lower 1-3-nerved, upper 3-nerved, membranous to herbaceous, acute. Lemmas dorsally rounded, 5-nerved, acute to shortly awned. Stamens 3.

Worldwide: c. 450 species in temperate regions throughout the world, extending through the tropics on mountain tops.

Malawi: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica A. Rich.N,SDescription
africana (Hack.) ClaytonN,C,SDescription
caprina NeesNDescription
costata NeesSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Festuca:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Festuca
Flora of Zambia: Festuca
Flora of Zimbabwe: Festuca

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Festuca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Festuca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Festuca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Festuca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Festuca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Festuca
JSTOR Plant Science: Festuca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Festuca
Plants of the World Online: Festuca
Tropicos: Festuca
Wikipedia: Festuca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Festuca.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=121, retrieved 22 September 2023

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