Taxonomy

Festuca ovina | Sheep's-fescue | Feisciú caorach

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Habitat

Heaths, dry pastures and mountains

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Seed accessions in the National Genebank, Backweston (wild seed collected in 2010). Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.

Use

Forage crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022

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Further information

This is a very hardy, drought resistant species and withstands close cutting and heavy grazing. Although its yield of foliage is low, being nutritious it provides valuable food for sheep on upland grasslands where the more luscious herbage plants do not grow.

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