Synonyms: Vulpia myuros
Common names: rat-tail fescue; red-tailed fescue; sixweeksgrass; zorro annual fescue
Festuca myuros (rattail fescue) is an annual grass (family Poaceae) widely distributed in California. This species is one of many introduced annual grasses that reduces habitat for native perennial grasses.Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate
Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
Weed RIC Management NotesNo Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.
Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles
- Jepson Manual 2nd ed. invasive plant name changes. Brusati, Elizabeth. Vol 20, Issue 2
- Exploring alternative methods for vegetation control and maintenance along roadsides. Young, Steve L.. Vol 10, Issue 4
Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations
- Bell, M. D., S. J. Dickens, et al. (2010). Herbicide treatment of an invaded grassland following a prescribed fire. Cal-IPC 2010 Symposium. Ventura, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
- Quinn, L., B. Davis, et al. (2006). Does horse manure harbor invasive plants? Cal-IPC Symposium. Rohnert Park, CA.
- DiTomaso, J. (2003). Fire: Prescribed burning as a management tool. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
- McGraw, J. (2002). Management of rare native species amidst exotic plant competition: Insights from Santa Cruz Countys endemic sandhills community. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium 2002. Sacramento, CA.
- Bauder, E. T. (1996). Exotics in the southern California bernal pool ecosystem. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
- Giessow, J. and P. Zedler (1996). The effects of fire frequency and firebreaks on the abundance and species richness of exotic plant species in coastal sage scrub. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
- Boyd, D. (1995). Use of fire to control French broom. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '95. J. Lovich, J. Randall and M. Kelly. Pacific Grove, CA.
Other Festuca myuros Information
- CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
- Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
- Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
- USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.