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Genus: Festuca

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are about 450 species worldwide (temperate regions and high altitude areas in the tropics) of which nine are native to southern Africa and one naturalised. An additional two species are cultivated in the region. 

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Festuca abyssinica

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Festuca africana


Festuca caprina


Festuca costata

Festuca dracomontana


Festuca killickii


Festuca longipes


Festuca scabra


Festuca vulpioides


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Festuca arundinacea


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Festuca glauca

Native to southeast and central Europe.


Festuca novae-zelandiae

Native to New Zealand.



  • Fish, L. 2003. Poaceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 1152-1194. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. 

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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