[Fescues: The Genus Festuca in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass

Vulpia myuros

Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros

Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

What appears to be foxtail fescue as seen along the upper edge of a vernal pool northwest of The Dalles, Oregon..............May 14, 2012.

Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Inflorescence of Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Spikelet of Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Close-ups of what appears to be foxtail fescue (keyed out as Festuca megalura) as seen around the parking area at Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park.........May 18, 2014.

Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros) - Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Inflorescence of Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Inflorescence of Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Spikelets of Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros) - Spikelets of Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros) - Foxtail Fescue, Rat-tail Fescue, Rat-tail Six-weeks Grass: Vulpia myuros (Synonyms: Festuca megalura, Festuca megalura var. hirsuta, Festuca myuros, Vulpia megalura, Vulpia myuros var. hirsuta, Vulpia myuros var. myuros)

Additional close-up images of what appears to be foxtail fescue as seen along the upper edge of a vernal pool northwest of The Dalles, Oregon..............May 14, 2012. Note the spreading hairs on the inner edge of the lemmas near the their tips, just below the awn.

Paul Slichter