Festuca paniculata

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Festuca paniculata (L.) Schinz & Thell.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun  

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: distichous
Leaves:

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: clump-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Festuca paniculata is a grass.

Naming

Festuca paniculata was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Hans Schinz and Albert Thellung, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1913.

Taxonomy

Festuca paniculata is a species in the genus Festuca which contains approximately 665 to 791 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family). The type species of the genus is Festuca ovina.

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 60 to 120 centimetres.

Leaves

Festuca paniculata has simple leaves that are distichous. The leaves are linear and clasping, they have entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Festuca paniculata produces flowers that are arranged in panicles from June to July.

The grasses produce caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Festuca paniculata is native to the Iberian Peninsula, France, the Apennine Peninsula, the Balkan Peninsula, Central Europe, Romania and Morocco.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil.

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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