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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #7449)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Schedonorus pratensis
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
482 61 1080
Slope Gradient (%)
19 0 70

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

175 120 244
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Festuca pratensis
Lolium pratense (Hudson) Darbyshire