Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Very robust, tussock forming perennials. Leaves basal. Inflorescence a large, dense panicle on a tall, cane-like culm. Spikelets 2–5-flowered, unisexual, on separate male and female plants, or bisexual; glumes paired, persistent; florets articulate above glumes; lemma membranous, 1–3-nerved, tapered to narrow, awn-like points, plumose-hairy in female florets, glabrous or nearly so in males; palea about equal to body of lemma, 2-nerved; stamens 3.

About 24 species, mostly native to South America; 3 naturalised in Australia, 2 in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cortaderia
Subordinate taxa