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Coast Fescue

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Scientific name
Poa billardieri
Common name
Coast Fescue
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
Plant Form
Grasses and allies
Where to find
Foredune
Foliage
Leaves fine, rolled, somewhat drooping, initially green, often fading at tips to silver, and drying to golden-straw colour.
Flower
Green flower heads
Size
H to 70 cm
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description

Coast Fescue is a rhizomatous, tufted, perennial, yellow-green tussock. Seeds heads form in summer and are no longer than the leaves. The seeds are relatively large and barley-like – leaving a characteristic zig-zag look to the remaining head when fallen.

The Coast Fescue is threatened in Victoria and is only found in a few spots around the Barwon Heads area. This tussock should not be confused with the introduced Marram Grass, which competes with it on the foredune. Marram Grass has similar foliage but large cat’s tail-like seed heads which overtop the foliage.

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