Festuca octoflora var. tenella

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species: Festuca octoflora
Infraspecies:Festuca octoflora (Willd.) Fern. var. tenella
Common NameNorthern Six Weeks Fescue
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 2

** Not applicable or data not available.

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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Brachypodium festucoides Brachypodium festucoides Link
Festuca gracilenta Festuca gracilenta Buckl.
Festuca octoflora var. glauca Festuca octoflora var. glauca (Nutt.) Fern.
Festuca octoflora var. tenella Festuca octoflora var. tenella (Willd.) Fern.
Festuca tenella Festuca tenella Willd.
Festuca tenella var. glauca Festuca tenella var. glauca Nutt.
Schedonorus tenellus Schedonorus tenellus (Willd.) P. Beauv.
Vulpia octoflora var. glauca Vulpia octoflora var. glauca (Nutt.) Fernald
Vulpia octoflora var. tenella Vulpia octoflora var. tenella (Willd.) Fern.
Vulpia tenella Vulpia tenella (Willd.) Heynh.

Specimens and Distribution

No specimens exist for this species.

Plant Photos