Status of bear-skin fescue in Tasmania(Festuca gautieri)Image: bear-skin fescue
- Bear-skin fescue is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of bear-skin fescue are prohibited in Tasmania.
legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing
with bear-skin fescue are laid out in the bear-skin fescue Statutory Weed Management Plan.
What does bear-skin fescue look like?
fescue is a showy, perennial (long-lived), tussock-forming grass that
grows in a pin-cushion-like form to around 25 cm height. The leaves are
needle-like and sharp, bright green to bluish-grey in colour, and around
5 to 15 cm long. The flowering stems are 20 to 50 cm long and bear the
flowers on a 4.5 to 7 cm long seed head (or panicle). Each panicle bears
a few flowers (spikelets) that are 9 to 11 mm long.
fescue flowers in summer. Spread is by seed and by vegetative means.
Older plants spread outward while dying off in the centre of the
tussock. Bear-skin fescue is used as a garden and ornamental bonsai
plant and can be spread as part of the ornamental plant trade.
Impacts of bear-skin fescue
- Bear-skin fescue is a potential weed of grazing areas.
Where does bear-skin fescue occur
fescue is a native to south-western France and north-eastern Spain.
Bear-skin fescue is a weed of grazing land in Britain and the United
States of America.
- Bear-skin fescue has not naturalised anywhere in Australia.
What you need to do
- If you locate
bear-skin fescue anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant that you
think could be bear-skin fescue, immediately contact your Regional Weed
Management Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
Bear-skin Fescue Weed Management Plan
Weed Links and Resources
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