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  1. pampas grass, Cortaderia selloana(noun)

    tall perennial grass of pampas of South America having silvery plumes and growing in large dense clumps


  1. Cortaderia selloana

    Cortaderia selloana, commonly known as pampas-grass, is a flowering plant native to southern South America, including the pampas after which it is named. It is a tall grass, growing in dense tussocks that can reach a height of 3 m. The leaves are long and slender, 1–2 m long and 1 cm broad, with very sharp edges. The leaves are usually bluish-green, but can be silvery grey. The flowers are produced in a dense white panicle 20–40 cm long on a 2–3 m tall stem. The specific epithet was given by Josef August Schultes and Julius Hermann Schultes in 1827, after the German botanist and naturalist Friedrich Sellow, who studied the flora of South America, especially that of Brazil.


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