Vulpia is a widespread genus of plants in the grass family, native to many countries around the world and naturalized in many of the nations to which it is not native. It is most common in temperate regions.[2][3][4][5][6]

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Vulpia octoflora
Scientific classification

Type species
Vulpia myuros

Vulpia is a part of a group of species known as fescues; Vulpia is sometimes considered a subset of the main fescue genus, Festuca. Many of these fescues are considered noxious weeds in many places.[7] Vulpia myuros is a notable weed.

The genus is named for Johann Samuel Vulpius (1760-1846), a German botanist.[8]

formerly included[1]

Numerous species once considered part of Vulpia but now regarded as better suited to other genera: Anthosachne Australopyrum Avellinia Festuca Micropyrum Vulpiella


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Gmelin, Carl (Karl) Christian. 1805. Flora Badensis, Alsatica Et Confinium Regionum Cis Et Transrhenana Plantas a Lacu Bodamico Usque Ad Confluentem Mosellae Et Rheni Sponte Nascentes exhibens secundum systema sexuale cum iconibus ad naturam dileneatis 1: 8
  3. ^ Flora of China Vol. 22 Page 242 鼠茅 shu mao Vulpia myuros (Linnaeus) C. C. Gmelin, Fl. Bad. 1: 8. 1805
  4. ^ Flora of Pakistan
  5. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, genere Vulpia includes photos, drawings, and distribution maps for several species
  6. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps
  7. ^ [1] US Department of Agriculture, Noxious Weeds
  8. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  9. ^ The Plant List search for Vulpia