Bambusa vulgaris Schrad. ex J.C. Wendl.

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Bambusa vulgaris

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Road side.

Bambusa vulgaris

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Road side.

Bambusa vulgaris

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Road 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.
Notes: 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: Native to Indochina and southern China, widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 26.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 65.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 100.

Other sources of information about Bambusa vulgaris:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Bambusa vulgaris
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bambusa vulgaris

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bambusa vulgaris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bambusa vulgaris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bambusa vulgaris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bambusa vulgaris
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iNaturalist: Bambusa vulgaris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bambusa vulgaris
JSTOR Plant Science: Bambusa vulgaris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bambusa vulgaris
Plants of the World Online: Bambusa vulgaris
Tropicos: Bambusa vulgaris
Wikipedia: Bambusa vulgaris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bambusa vulgaris., retrieved 26 May 2024

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