(Munro) Kurz, Poaceae
Present on Pacific Islands? no
Primarily a threat at high elevations? no
Other Latin names: Bambusa brandisii Munro
Common name(s): [more details]
Chinese: bo shi tian long zhu
English: velvetleaf bamboo
Description: "Culms 10-15 m, 10-12 cm in diameter; internodes 34-43 cm; wall ca. 3 cm thick. Branches several, dominant branches well developed. Culm sheaths deciduous, orange-brown to bright yellow, leathery; auricles small; ligule ca. 1 mm, margin deeply dentate; blade reflexed or nearly erect. Leaf sheaths white hairy; ligule 1.5-2 mm; blade variable, 23-30 x 2.5-5 cm. Pseudospikelets 5-25 per node, clusters 1.3-1.8 cm in diameter. Spikelets ovate-orbicular, 7-9 x 4-5 mm; florets 2-4. Glumes 1 or 2, apex acute; lemma 5-6 mm; palea 2-keeled, keels ciliate, 3-veined between keels, acute or mucronate. Filaments short; anthers green-yellow, ca. 3 mm, apiculate. Ovary ovoid; style ca. 3 mm; stigmas 1 or 2. Caryopsis ovoid, 1.5-5 mm, distally hairy, apex beaked" (Flora of China online).
Description from Grassbase.
Habitat/ecology: (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)
Native range: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Southeast Asia; cultivated elsewhere (GRIN).
Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
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