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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fescue

, fescue grass
any grass of the genus Festuca: widely cultivated as pasture and lawn grasses, having stiff narrow leaves
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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DNA tests show it to be a meadow fescue brought to the United States by European settlers in the 1800s.
Identifying the effects of endophyte symbiosis on the functioning of the tall fescue rhizosphere may help us to figure out the underlying mechanisms which are responsible for greater ecological success of E+ compared to Eplants in natural eosystems.
Sometimes the Fescues are grown in lawns although they don't take kindly to heavy wear and regular cutting.
The test results indicated that sheep fescue, Chewings fescue, colonial bentgrass, and velvet bentgrass should be studied further for use on low-input golf course fairways in the northern US.
Fine fescues are popular in Oregon and other regions where vineyards are planted on fertile soils with cool to warmish climates and high rainfall.
The fine fescues are various Festuca species and subspecies that have very fine-textured leaf blades (Figure 4-23).
Tall fescue is quite coarse, but breeding efforts to select finer textured cultivars are ongoing.
THE vivid silvery-blue fescue Elijah Blue can be used with Japanese-style stone ornaments against a backdrop of bamboo.
Previous investigations, based on a limited number of samples, indicated the presence of short-conidia endophytes in Sardinian tall fescues, likely belonging to the FaTG-2 and/or FaTG-3 (Riccioni and Piano, 1994; Clement et al., 2001).
For example, tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and several other grasses may become infected with endophytic fungi, such as Acremonium coenophialum (Clay, 1990a).
They are bluegrass, hybrid rye, fescue and bent grass.
Fine-leaved fescues including hard rescue (HF), blue fescue (BF), sheep fescue (F.