G.288. Cortaderia Stapf - Pampas-grasses

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Large clump-forming dioecious perennial herbs. Leaves tufted; blades linear, flat; ligule a line of hairs. Inflorescence a plume-like panicle borne well above foliage. Spikelets feathery, compressed sideways, 2-7 florets per spikelet. Glumes 1-nerved. Lemmas acuminate, unawned, 3-nerved; ± glabrous in the male flowers; very hairy toward the base in female flowers. Stamens 3, reduced to staminodes in the female flowers. Stigmas plumose.

Derivation of name: cutting, based on the Argentinian name for C. selloana, referring to the sharp leaf margins.

Worldwide: 24 species, mainly in South America, also New Zealand and New Guinea

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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selloana (Schult. & Schult. f.) Asch. & Graebn.

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cortaderia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cortaderia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cortaderia
Wikipedia: Cortaderia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cortaderia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cortaderia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cortaderia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2189, retrieved 27 March 2023

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