Festuca arundinacea (weed)

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Author(s): James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society
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Festuca arundinacea (weed) Schreb. - (tall fescue)

This grass has a world-wide distribution in temperate and subtropical regions. It is native to Europe but has been introduced into other regions and cultivated as a forage crop. For example, it was brought to North America by settlers in 1886. However, it can be also weedy and invasive, forming dense stands and competing with native vegetation. In addition it is often undesirable in turf and can invade agricultural lands like reduced-tillage crops.

Tall fescue grows to a height of around 1.5 m with wide, ridged leaves. It spreads through seed or by its short rhizomes. Once established, it expands to clumps by forming new shoots (tillers).

Synonyms:
Lolium arundinaceum
Schedonorus arundinaceus
Schedonorus phoenix

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Rohr-Schwingel
• English: tall fescue
• Français: fétuque élevée