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Taxon: Cortaderia selloana (Schult. & Schult. f.) Asch. & Graebn.

Genus: Cortaderia
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Danthonioideae tribe: Danthonieae
Nomen number: 11618
Place of publication: Syn. mitteleur. Fl. 2(1):325. 1900
Name verified on: 06-Jul-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Feb-2003
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 1 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:

  • pampas grass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • pampasgras   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 ) – Afrikaans
  • silwergras   (Source: Noxweed Aust ) – Afrikaans
  • herbe de la pampa   (Source: Zander Ency ) – French
  • Pampasgras   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • cana-dos-pampas   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • capim-dos-pampas   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • capim-penacho   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • cortadeira   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • paina   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • penacho   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • pluma   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • pampasgräs   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Brazil: Brazil - Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores, Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Libya; Tunisia
    Southern Africa: South Africa - Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Western Cape
    Western Indian Ocean: Reunion
    Caucasus: Azerbaijan; Georgia
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Queensland [s.e.], South Australia [s.e.], Tasmania, Victoria
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Northern Europe: United Kingdom
    Southeastern Europe: Italy - Sardinia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon, Washington
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Southern South America: Chile - Juan Fernandez

    China: China - Jiangsu, Zhejiang
    Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica




Check other web resources for Cortaderia selloana (Schult. & Schult. f.) Asch. & Graebn.:

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • CNWG: Catalogue of New World Grasses Searchable Database
  • Grass Manual on the Web: Manual of Grasses for North America North of Mexico
  • World Grass Species-Descriptions: Morphological species description from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AusGrass2: Australian grass data from Bryan K. Simon’s on-line database
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • 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: (30 August 2015)

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