Festuca rubra Linnaeus 1753 (Family Poaceae)

Height: 20-70cm
Arbuscular Mycorrhizal
Perennial, Rhizomatous, Stoloniferous, Lacks Persistent Seed Bank
Hermaphrodite, Flowering June - July (Earliest: 5.6)

Protective Chemicals
Alkaloids Ergovaline, Peramine
Phenolics Caffeic, Chlorogenic, Coumaric, Ferulic, Hydroxybenzaldehyde,
Hydroxybenzoic, Protocatechuic, Rosmarinic, Sinapic, & Vanillic Acids, Vanillin

Biotopes:
Meadows

Wet Meadows
Pollination: Wind
Parasites:
Claviceps purpurea

Blumeria graminis

Ascochyta leptospora

Phyllachora sylvatica

Puccinia coronata

Uromyces dactylidis

Elachista argentella Larva
(Leaf Miner)

Elachista freyerella

Several Chloropidae Larvae
(Stem Borer)

Opomyza germinationis Larva
(Stem Borer)
Possible Parasites:
Several Chloropidae Larvae
(Stem Borers)

Cerodontha denticornis Larva
(Leaf Miner)
Herbivores:
Several Nymphalidae Larvae

Cerapteryx graminis Larva

Mesapamea secalella Larva

Rivula sericealis Larva

Several Tenthredinidae
Possible Herbivores:
Several Crambidae Larvae

Several Noctuidae Larvae

Cnephasia incertana

Dolerus nitens

Dolerus picipes Larva

Several Chrysomelidae
Sapivores:
Several Delphacidae

Several Miridae

Neophilaenus lineatus

Philaenus spumarius

Zyginidia scutellaris

Sitobion avenae

Planaphrodes bifasciata
Possible Sapivores:
Metopolophium dirhodum

Rhopalosiphum padi

Balclutha punctata

Euscelis lineolatus

Delphacodes venosus

Jassidaeus lugubris

Stenodema calcarata
Possible Granivores:
Eurygaster maura

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Red Fescue


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