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Cortaderia is a genus of South American and Central American plants in the Poaceae grass family.[4][5]

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Cortaderia selloana
pampas grass
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Danthonioideae
Tribe: Danthonieae
Genus: Cortaderia
Type species
Cortaderia argentea
(Nees) Stapf
  • Lamprothyrsus Pilg
  • Moorea Lem.

The species of Cortaderia are imposing tall grasses growing 1.5–3 m tall, with graceful white inflorescence plumes. They are in widespread use as ornamental plants. The common name pampas grass, though strictly referring to C. selloana, is frequently applied to all species in the genus (and sometimes also to species of Erianthus and Saccharum ravennae). The name of the genus is derived from the Argentine Spanish word cortadera, which in turn refers to the sharp serrations on the leaves.[6] Cortaderia jubata and C. rudiuscula produce copious seed asexually.

formerly included[3]

see Austroderia Chionochloa Chusquea Phragmites


  1. ^ Stapf, Otto 1897. Gardeners' Chronicle: a weekly illustrated journal of horticulture and allied subjects. ser. 3 22(570): 378, 396 in English
  2. ^ "Genus: Cortaderia Stapf". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-10-05. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-02-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Connor HE (1973). "Breeding Systems in Cortaderia (Gramineae)". Evolution. 27 (4): 663–678. doi:10.2307/2407199. JSTOR 2407199.
  5. ^ Connor HE (1983). "Names and Types in Cortaderia Stapf (Gramineae) II". Taxon. 32 (4): 633–634. doi:10.2307/1221742. JSTOR 1221742.
  6. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2006). CRC World Dictionary of Grasses. II E-O. CRC Press. p. 522. ISBN 978-0-8493-1303-5.

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