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Cortaderia selloana

Cortaderia selloana
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: nikon D 200, NIKKOR AF-S DX 18-105mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED VR, Digital ISO 400, 67mm Hoya HMC
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-21 8:35
Viewed: 3099
Points: 14
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Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Cortaderia
Species: C. selloana
Binomial name: Cortaderia selloana

Cortaderia selloana, commonly known as Pampas Grass, is a tall grass native to southern South America, including the pampas after which it is named, and Patagonia. Pampas Grass is a tall grass, growing in dense tussocks that can reach a height of 3 m (9.8 ft) . The leaves are evergreen, long and slender, 1–2 m (3.3 to 6.6 ft) long and 1 cm broad, and have very sharp edges (so they should be handled with care). The leaves are usually bluish-green, but can be silvery grey. The flowers are produced in a dense white panicle 20–40 cm (7.9 - 15.8 inches) long on a 2–3 m (6.6 - 9.8 ft) tall stem.

It was named by Alexander von Humboldt in 1818, after the German botanist and naturalist Friedrich Sellow, who studied the flora of South America, especially that of Brazil.

Cultivation and uses:
Cortaderia selloana was introduced to Europe and North America as an ornamental grass, and, to a lesser extent, to provide food for grazing animals. The feathery flower head plumes, when dried, are widely used in flower arrangements and other ornamental displays.

There are several cultivars available, including:

'Albolineata' — a small cultivar which grows to only 2 m (6.6 ft) in height. The leaves are variegated, with yellow edges.
'Sunningdale Silver' — grows to a height of 4 m (13.1 ft) and has particularly dense flowering plumes. This variety has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Pampas Grass is highly adaptable and can grow in a wide range of environments and climates. It also seeds prolifically, with each plant able to produce over 1 million seeds during its lifetime. As such, in some areas (for example California, Hawaii or Green Spain) it is regarded as an invasive weed, whilst in New Zealand and South Africa the plant is banned from sale and propagation for the same reasons.[citation needed] Removal of Pampas Grass by burning will not always prevent return. Chemical weed killer will kill the grass at the roots.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-21 8:38]

Simply but amazing capture!
Wonderful sharp details and great colors.

Hi Thijs

I like your simple and so pleasant picture very much. Simplicity is something that I always appreciate so much in a picture. Here, the simplicity of the composition highlights the plain beauty of the Pampas Grass at best. I also find your notes interesting and instructive.

Kind regards


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-21 10:51]

Hallo Thijs.

Een erg mooie foto van deze grassoort.
Compositie is erg fijn om naar te kijken.

Gr. Hans

Hello Thijs! Amazing macro. Perfect exposure. Good contrast and sharpness. Good light and bright, good natural colours. Well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-21 11:27]

Hi Thijs . This is so simple but very beautifull. You have taken the two grasses with fine detai land such natural colours. The colours stand out so well from the dark sky. well taken TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-22 1:21]

Hallo Thijs,
Prachtige foto in mooie zachte kleuren. Ik heb ze in mijn tuin ook staan maar ze buigen nu door door het pak sneeuw dat er op ligt. Behalve dat de foto ook scherp is, vind ik dit de ideale achtergrond, echt schitterend, past er volmaakt bij.

Bonjour Thijs,
Très artistique publication valorisant bien des sujets bien éclairés en les opposant formidablement bien sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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