Cortaderia selloana

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Cortaderia selloana (J. A. & J. H. Schultes) Aschers. & Graebn.
Common NameUruguayan Pampas Grass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: South America; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (FACU), EMP (FAC) (NWPL); TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)

** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Arundo dioeca Arundo dioeca Spreng.
Arundo dioica Arundo dioica Spreng.
Arundo kila Arundo kila Spreng. ex Steud.
Arundo selloana Arundo selloana Schult. & Schult. f.
Cortaderia argentea Cortaderia argentea (Nees) Stapf
Cortaderia dioica Cortaderia dioica (Spreng.) Speg.
Gynerium argenteum Gynerium argenteum Nees
Gynerium argenteum var. argenteum Gynerium argenteum var. argenteum Nees
Gynerium dioicum Gynerium dioicum (Spreng.) Dallière
Gynerium purpureum Gynerium purpureum Carrière

Specimens and Distribution

No specimens exist for this species.

Plant Photos

Cortaderia selloana - Milo Pyne
Cortaderia selloana - Milo Pyne