The Falkland Islands and South Atlantic
White Grass Cortaderia pilosa

White Grass Cortaderia egmontiana

  • whitegrass-flats


White grass is the most common and dominant plant in the Falklands. It can stretch for miles over large tracts of land , giving the landscape a buff or dun colour. It is a coarse, tough grass growing in low round tussocks in damp fertile valleys, but on 'white flats', large extensive peaty areas, it is looser and and the tussocks are not so apparent.

Native and widespread whitegrass is also found in Argentina and Chile.


  • whitegrass-and-goose




Sources include: The Vascular Flora of the Falkland Islands- D. M. Moore, B.Sc., Ph.D, 1968,
Photographic credits: Jean Sinclair, Robert Maddocks
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