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Genus: Cortaderia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are 24 species worldwide (native to South America, New Zealand and New Guinea) of which two, Cortaderia jubata (Pampas grass, Pampasgras) and Cortaderia selloana (Pampas grass, Pampasgras, Silwergras) have been cultivated and naturalised in southern Africa. The commoner of the two species is Pampas grass, which has been grown in gardens and in the past was misguidedly used for vegetative reclamation of mine dumps. Both species are now declared Category 1 invader plant in South Africa and hence can no longer be cultivated and you have to remove them from your land. However, land users are permitted to grow sterile cultivars of Pampas grass. .

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Cortaderia jubata


Cortaderia selloana


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