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Taxon: Vulpia myuros (L.) C. C. Gmel.

Genus: Vulpia
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Poeae subtribe: Loliinae
Nomen number: 41939
Place of publication: Fl. bad. 1:8. 1805
Name verified on: 15-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 20-Nov-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 12 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • annual fescue   (Source: Cover Crop Database ) – English
  • foxtail fescue   (Source: Cover Crop Database ) – English
  • rat-tail fescue   (Source: F Iraq ) – English
  • silver grass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • shu mao   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • festuca-rabo-de-rato   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • vulpia-rabo-de-rato   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • råttsvingel   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt [n.]; Libya [n.]; Morocco; Tunisia
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Cyprus; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Middle Asia: Kyrgyzstan [w.]; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Pakistan
    Northern Europe: Ireland; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
    Southern Africa: Lesotho; South Africa - Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Western Cape
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Northern Europe: Finland; Norway; Sweden
    East Europe: Lithuania
    Subarctic America: Canada - Yukon Territory
    Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - West Virginia
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon, Washington
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California
    North-Central Pacific: U.S. Outlying Islands - Midway Islands; United States - Hawaii
    Caribbean: Hispaniola; Jamaica
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala
    Brazil: Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina
    Western South America: Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Vulpia myuros (L.) C. C. Gmel.:


  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Florets: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (05 October 2015)

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