Tall Fescue - Schedonorus arundinaceus
A tall (60 to 200 cm) grass. It is erect, hairless, stout stemmed and densely tufted. The leaves are stiff, broad (to 10 mm) with rough edges. The stem base is clothed with tough, whitish sheaths. The auricles are large and hairy at first, though the hairs soon wear away. The shorter branch at each whorl of the inflorescence often bears 4 spikelets (S. pratensis only has 1 or 2). . Lemmas are strongly veined, with sharp pointed or shortly awned tips.
Banks of rivers and streams, damp meadows, damp or shaded roadside verges.
Flowers June to August.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Fairly frequent though sometimes local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 272 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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