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

Schedonorus pratensis (Huds.) P. Beauv.
meadow fescue
Poaceae (Grass family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems erect, to 130 cm tall.
Sheaths smooth; blades flat, folded or in-rolled in young shoots, 2-7 mm wide; ear-shaped lobes at the leaf-bases sickle-shaped (sometimes obscure or absent), smooth; ligules 0.2-0.4 (0.5) mm long.
Inflorescence an open or contracted, simple panicle, (6) 10-25 cm long; spikelets (2-) 4- to 10- (12-) flowered, stalked, (8.5) 12-15.5 (17) mm long, each with 2 glumes; lower glumes (2) 2.6-4.5 mm long, upper glumes 3-5 mm long; lemmas 5-8 mm long, smooth or slightly rough near the tips, unawned or awned, the awns short, sharp, abrupt points up to 0.2 mm long; anthers (1.5) 2-4.6 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic pastures, fields, meadows, roadsides and disturbed areas in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; infrequent in SC BC; rare in EC and SW BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Schedonorus pratensis

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 61 482 1080
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
120 175 244
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
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: BWBS(2), CWH(3), IDF(1), PP(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 pratensis
Lolium pratense (Hudson) Darbyshire

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