1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Festuca Tourn. ex L.
      1. Festuca laxa Host

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Alps.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial; caespitose; clumped loosely. Cataphylls evident. Rhizomes elongated. Basal innovations extravaginal. Culms 30-60 cm long. Leaf-sheaths open for most of their length; glabrous on surface. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades conduplicate; 2-4 mm wide. Leaf-blade venation comprising 7 vascular bundles; with 7 inner ridges; with subepidermal sclerenchyma attached to veins above and below. Leaf-blade surface ribbed; pubescent; hairy adaxially.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; ovate; nodding; 6-10 cm long. Panicle branches capillary; smooth. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 8-9 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 8-9 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; chartaceous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acuminate. Upper glume ovate; chartaceous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acuminate.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma oblong; 5.8-7.7 mm long; chartaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma lateral veins obscure. Lemma apex acuminate; muticous. Palea 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; obovoid. Hilum linear. Disseminule comprising a caryopsis.
    Distribution
    Europe: central and southeastern. Africa: Macaronesia.
    Reference
    Poeae. Fl Eur 1995.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Austria, Yugoslavia

    Festuca laxa Host appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Icon. Descr. Gram. Austriac. 2: 58 (1802)

    Accepted by

    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0