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Cortaderia selloana  (Schult. & Schult. f.) Asch. & Graebn.
Uruguayan pampas grass
Cortaderia selloana is a perennial grasslike herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: high
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Genus: Cortaderia
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: coastal

Communities: Coastal Strand, escaped cultivar

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSCortaderia dioica
Information about  Cortaderia selloana from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Cortaderia selloana (pampasgrass) is a large perennial grass (family Poaceae) found along the coast of California, and in the Coast Ranges, Central Valley, Western Transverse Ranges, and Mojave Desert. Pampasgrass favors dunes, bluffs, coastal shrublands and marshes, inland riparian areas, and disturbed areas. It was introduced as an ornamental plant and for erosion control. Each plume produces up to 100,000 seeds that are widely dispersed by wind and develop without fertilization. Pampasgrass quickly colonizes bare ground, but establishment is generally poor where the seedlings must compete with other grasses or sedges. Cal-IPC Rating: High (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] South America native, Etymology: Cortaderia selloana is a species of flowering plant in the Poaceae family.[1] It is referred to by the common name pampas grass,[2] and is native to southern South America, including the Pampas region after which it is named. Etymology Cortaderia is derived from the Argentine Spanish name ?cortadera?, meaning ?cutter?, in reference to its razor sharp leaf margins.[3] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).