Festuca longifolia

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeFestucaFestuca longifolia


A densely tufted perennial herb occurring on dry, rabbit-grazed heaths, sandy roadside banks and, in S. Devon and the Channel Islands, on maritime cliff-tops and ledges. Lowland.



World Distribution

Oceanic Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Acid grassland (includes non-calcareous sandy grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 751

Life form information

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Tussock-forming graminoid, may slowly spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 15

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 6

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)

Festuca glauca Lam. and its var. caesia (Sm.) K. Richt,
Trist, P. J. O.
, Watsonia, Volume 9, p.257-262, (1973)

British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3,
Wigginton, M. J.
, Peterborough, (1999)

The taxonomic relationships and typification of Festuca brevipila Tracey and F. lemanii Bastard (Poaceae),
Wilkinson, M. J., and Stace C. A.
, Watsonia, Volume 17, p.289-299, (1989)