This densely tufted perennial grass occurs on heaths and moors, in open woodland and parkland and other grassy places, usually on acidic, sandy, well-drained soils. 0-1035 m (Meall Ghaordie, Mid Perth).
The map in Perring & Sell (1968) was based on material seen by C. E. Hubbard or other reliable recorders. Since then F. filiformis has become more widely known, and this explains its apparent increase. There has, however, been much confusion between it and other taxa within with F. ovina species-complex (especially short-awned variants of F. ovina), and it is probably still over-recorded in some areas and overlooked in others.
Suboceanic Temperate element.
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
Atlas Supp (148b)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)
A new taxonomic treatment of the Festuca ovina L. aggregate (Poaceae) in the British Isles,
, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Volume 106, p.347-397, (1991)