Cortaderia selloana

Family Poaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [WoNS shortlist (pre-2012); NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesCommon Pampas Grass, Pampas Grass, Silvergrass
SynonymsArundo dioeca Spreng.; Arundo selloana Schult. & Schult.f; Cortaderia argentea (Nees) Stapf; Cortaderia dioeca (Spreng.) Speg.; Gynerium argenteum Nees; Moorea argentea (Nees) Lem.
Growth formGraminoid
Seed dispersal morphologyWing/Achene/Pappus
Maximum height (m)4
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeSouth America
Exotic range (Australia)NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Exotic range (other)Asia, Central America, Indian Ocean Islands, North America, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Bushland, Coastal vegetation/sand dunes, Disturbed areas (including trails), Dry sclerophyll forest, Forest, Garden escape, Grasslands, Heathlands, Mangroves, Pastures, Riparian systems, Roadsides, Urban areas, gardens and parks, Wastelands, Wetlands, Wet sclerophyll forest
Soil type (exotic)Poorly drained
Decade of introduction1850

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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