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fescue

(fĕs`kyo͞o), any of some 100 species of introduced Old World grasses of the genus Festuca. Meadow fescue and tall, or reed, fescue are excellent forage crops and the Chewing's, red, and sheep fescues are planted for turf. Fescue is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Poaceae. See grassgrass,
any plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), an important and widely distributed group of vascular plants, having an extraordinary range of adaptation. Numbering approximately 600 genera and 9,000 species, the grasses form the climax vegetation (see ecology) in
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; lawnlawn,
grass turf or greensward cultivated in private yard or public park. A good lawn, or green, has both beauty and usefulness; its maintenance for golf, tennis, baseball, and other sports is a costly and specialized procedure.
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fescue

[′fes‚kyü]
(botany)
A group of grasses of the genus Festuca, used for both hay and pasture.

fescue

, fescue grass
any grass of the genus Festuca: widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leaves
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In their greenhouse studies, Nyczepir and Meyer investigated four tall fescue varieties, three of which were infected with fungal endophytes that live within the plant--typically between its cells--but do not cause disease in it.
While it is clear NWSG provide better vegetative structure for wildlife, the relative abundance of invertebrates associated with NWSG as compared to tall fescue is not known.
In trials, the hybrid reduced run-off by 51% against a leading UK nationally recommended perennial ryegrass cultivar - and 43% compared with meadow fescue, a closely-related species.
Michael Casler, an Agricultural Research Service geneticist, used DNA markers to identify Opitz's find as meadow fescue--a once popular forage grass introduced to the United States about 50-60 years before tall fescue.
Try bronze sedge or carex and tufts of evergreen green fescues and clump forming Libertia for mosa to make a tactile ground cover which sways gently in the breeze.
Although any forage can be stockpiled, tall fescue is the forage of choice because it is very high quality in the fall, and it holds this quality well after frost.
For a particularly tough, hard-wearing lawn, go for 90 per cent rye grass and only 10 per cent creeping red fescue.
Bunkers or dunes occupy the center of one-third of the holes, and fescue grasses cover the fairways and greens -- both of which are wide enough to compensate for strong winds.
Varieties include: Tall Fescue Areas, Sun & Shade Areas, and Dense Shade Areas.
On the other hand, some of the metabolites, notably ergot alkaloids, produced by the endophyte in grasses like tall fescue are the primary cause of fescue toxicosis in grazing livestock.
They are bluegrass, hybrid rye, fescue and bent grass.
The tee-to-green use of fescue grass gives Tetherow a drier, less verdant look - not to mention faster fairways and slower greens.