Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) Krajina
Common Name: SHEEP FESCUE
Synonym: Festuca ovina
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad P-Grass

F. ovina of Michigan Flora.

Roadsides, fields, and disturbed places; dry forests (e.g., oak, pine). An introduced species, naturalized from the Old World and first collected in 1885 in Ingham Co.

All Michigan specimens of the Festuca ovina complex examined appear to be this entity with lemma awns 1.5–2.8 mm long and the involute leaves 0.8–1.2 mm in diameter. Festuca ovina is a more delicate plant, with narrower leaves usually 0.5–0.6 mm in diameter and lemma awns rarely more than 1 mm long. Some European authors supplant this name with F. brevipila R. Tracey, but we follow Darbyshire & Pavlick (1997) in retaining the name.

Locations

Alcona County
Alpena County
Arenac County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Charlevoix County
    Only on Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Crawford County
Emmet County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Marquette County
Mason County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 13, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2124.