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Foxtail Fescue - Vulpia myuros
Other Names:  Annual Fescue, Rattail Six-weeks Grass, Festuca megalura, Vulpia megalura, Festuca myuros

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1


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General Description
Stems 20–60 cm. Leaves: blades 1 mm wide. Inflorescence a narrow panicle 7–20 cm long. Spikelets 5–8 mm long. Lemmas with an awn 5–12 mm long (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced in open disturbed sites throughout most of North America excepting the northcentral region (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 6

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Habitat
Frequently disturbed sites in open dry shrub steppe vegetation (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Management

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
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