[Fescues: The Genus Festuca East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Western Fescue

Festuca occidentalis

Synonym: Festuca ovina var. polyphylla

Inflorescence of Western Fescue: Festuca occidentalis (Synonym: Festuca ovina var. polyphylla)

A close-up of the inflorescence of what may be western fescue as seen along the Canyon Mountain Trail #218, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.............August 19, 2011. Note the spreading-ascending panicle branches of the open inflorescence and the awns which are about equal or longer than the lemmas.

Paul Slichter