Tuesday, April 04, 2006

California fescue, Festuca californica, March-July, Native

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This most beautifully proportioned grass is frequently found in partial shade on north-facing slopes, in open forest, and chaparral. It tolerates serpentine as demonstrated by the large tufts below Trail 15. The largest stand is on both sides of Trail 4, occasional elsewhere. Flowering stems rise to 6 ft, inflorescence branches open. Our examples have bluegray, narrow, 4-mm-wide leaves, the margines inrolled. Other forms have green foliage and/or flat leaves. Look for the hairy sheath collars. Its native range is from Monterey to Oregon generally below 6,000 feet. A disjunct population in the San Bernadino Mtns. has been called var. parishii. San Francisco is the type locality.

Name: ancient name | from California.

California distribution (Beetle, 1947)