Oreobambos buchwaldii K. Schum.

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Oreobambos buchwaldii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

Oreobambos buchwaldii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

Oreobambos buchwaldii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

Oreobambos buchwaldii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

Oreobambos buchwaldii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

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Common names: Buchwa bamboo (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
A robust tree-like bamboo, growing in small dense patches or solitary clumps. Culms up to 20 m tall, 5-10 cm in diameter, usually drooping or spreading, rarely erect, green, hollow. Culm-sheaths covered with appressed bristle-like hairs when young, fimbriate at the mouth, with a short subulate lamina. Leaf-sheaths glabrous at the mouth. Leaf-laminae 10-35 × 2·5-6 cm, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, very obscurely tessellate, usually glabrous, pale green or somewhat glaucous, apex acute to acuminate. Inflorescence very large, loose; clusters of spikelets 1.5-2 × 0.8-2.25 cm, up to twice their length apart. Bracts 8-14 mm. long, ovate-elliptic, keeled, dark-brown, ciliate along the keel. Spikelets 12-15 mm long, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate in lateral view, brown, usually somewhat glossy. Superior glume 9-11 mm. long. Lemmas 10-13·5 mm long, broadly ovate to elliptic-ovate, with the apex obtuse or subacute. Paleas 8-12 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In clearings in rainforest, swampy forest and along mountain streams
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 150.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 102 - 103.

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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: Oreobambos buchwaldii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103390, retrieved 30 May 2024

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