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Meadow Fescue

Schedonorus pratensis

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, riversides, roadsides, wasteland.

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Green, purple-tinged flowers. Spikelets have 5 to 14 flowers. Wind pollinated.
Fruit:
Grasses have fruits known as caryopses. A caryopsis is a type of dry, one-seeded fruit.
Leaves:
Leaves are long and linear. Up to 4mm wide. Green basal auricles. The similar looking Tall Fescue (Schedonorus arundinacea) can be distinguished from this Meadow Fescue in that it has minute hairs on its auricles. Perennial.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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