The great plains are covered with edible grasses, divided into two classes, pasto duro (hard grass) and pasto blando, or tierno (soft grass) - the former tall, coarse, nutritious and suitable for horses and cattle, and the latter tender grasses and herbs, including clovers, suitable for sheep and cattle.
The pasto duro is largely composed of the genera Stipa and Melica.
The city was at one time an important commercial and mining centre, but much of its importance was lost through the transfer of trade to Cali and Pasto, through the decay of neighbouring mining industries, and through political disturbances.
PASTO, a city of Colombia and capital of the department of Narino, about 36 m.
Above the sea, at the eastern foot of the Pasto volcano, which rises above the city to a height of 13,990 ft.
The paramos of Cruz Verde (11,695 ft.) and Pasto, and the volcanoes of Chiles (15,900 ft.), Chumbul (15,715 ft.), and Pasto ft.) are prominent landmarks of this desolate region.
There are woollen mills at Popayan and Pasto, and small cigar-making industries at Ambalema and Palmira.
The volcanoes Campainero (12, 470 ft.) and Pasto (14,000 ft.) are also in that zone.
From the Pacific Ocean, in a straight line, passing through the town of Pasto in southern Colombia.