Bambusa vulgaris (Schrad.) Wendl.

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Bambusa vulgaris

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue side.

Bambusa vulgaris

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue side.

Bambusa vulgaris

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue side.

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare (as an escape)
Status: Introduced
Tall bamboo forming clumps of orange culms, which are markedly and strongly striped in green. Very rarely flowering.

A commonly planted ornamental. The plant in the Mukuvisi Woodlands shown on the photographs is the basis for the inclusion of this species (in square brackets) under Division C in my checklist.

It could be merely a relic of cultivation growing in a wild-looking place.

Derivation of specific name: vulgaris: vulgar, common, usual
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 26.


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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bambusa vulgaris

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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Bambusa vulgaris
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bambusa vulgaris
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JSTOR Plant Science: Bambusa vulgaris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bambusa vulgaris
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Bambusa vulgaris
Tropicos: Bambusa vulgaris
West African Plants database: Bambusa vulgaris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bambusa vulgaris., retrieved 28 October 2016

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