E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) Kraj.
hard fescue
Poaceae (Grass family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial, densely tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems (20) 30-50 (75) cm tall, with visible nodes.
Sheaths conspicuous at the base of the stems, persisting for more than 1 year but not always conspicuous, remaining entire, not shredding into fibres; blades 8-30 cm long, 0.4-0.6 mm wide, hard to the touch, folded; ligules 0.1-0.3 mm long.
Inflorescence a narrow panicle, 3-10 (13) cm long, the branches 1.2-3.5 cm long; spikelets 4- to 7- (8-) flowered, 5.5-9 (10) mm long; lower glumes 2-4 mm long, the upper ones 3-5.5 mm long; lemmas (3.8) 4-5 (5.5) mm long, awned, the awns 0.5-2.5 mm long, about 1/2 as long as the lemmas; anthers 2-3 (3.4) mm long; ovary tops smooth.
Several cultivars of this species are grown in Holland and distributed widely.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry disturbed areas; rare in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Festuca trachyphylla

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 213 1094 2061
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CWH(1), ESSF(1), IDF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Festuca brevipila Tracey
Festuca duriuscula
Festuca ovina var. duriuscula

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