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Journal of the American Bamboo Society     ISSN 0197-3789                       


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Current Volume: Volume 31

We need to talk about Fargesia: new combinations and a new genus in the temperate Sino-Himalayan bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae)

Chris Stapleton

J. Amer. Bamboo Soc. 31: 1-16   Published online 10th May 2021


Abstract: Morphology, phylogenetics and classification of temperate pachymorph-rhizomed Sino-Himalayan bamboos in Yushania and the current polyphyletic application of Fargesia are discussed. In the light of well-resolved topologies from ddRAD sequencing analyses, different possible approaches to the recognition and circumscription of genera are considered. The merits and disadvantages of applying strict rules of molecular phylogenetics or a more phenetic system to binomial nomenclature are discussed, and a compromise evolutionary taxonomy approach is recommended for species in western cultivation. This allows Fargesia to be applied to a small group of species with racemes, Yushania to species with long rhizomes, and Borinda to be applied to species with ridged culms. A new genus is also described for a separate monophyletic clade, and new combinations are made in the apparently paraphyletic genus Borinda.

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Volume 30  


Bambusa pallida (Poaceae: Bambusoideae), a new record for Bhutan

Sangay Dorjee, Chris Stapleton, Ugyen Chophel, Phurpa, Dhendup Tshering & Tshering Samdrup

J. Amer. Bamboo Soc. 30: 1-5   



Chusquea montisylvicola (Poaceae: Bambusoideae), a new species endemic to the Andes of southern Ecuador

Lynn G. Clark and Andrew D. Kaul

J. Amer. Bamboo Soc. 30: 6-11





Volume 29  


Mechanical properties of bamboo: a research synthesis of strength values and the factors influencing them

Lorena Sanchez Vivas, Gray Mullins, Jeffrey A. Cunningham and James R. Mihelcic 1-22




Volume 28  


Biogenic volatile organic compound emissions from bamboo: Exploring patterns of diversity across species

A. N. Melnychenko and T. N. Rosenstiel 1-9


The effect of light intensity and temperature on the chlorophyll fluorescence of Phyllostachys aureosulcata bamboo plants under controlled growth chamber conditions

D. Van Goethem, A. Van Elst, S. De Smedt, R. Valckb, G. Potters, R. Samson 10-22


Bamboo mat making and its contribution to the rural livelihood of women in South Meghalaya, India

M. B. Lynser, B. K. Tiwari, B. Nongbri and E. Kharlyngdoh  23-31


Cytokinin dynamics in cell suspension cultures of Bambusa balcooa Roxburgh using UPLC-ESI/MS/MS

S. Van den Akker, P. Bormans, H. Peeters, E. Prinsen, J. Gielis 32-39


Book Review:  Bamboo – The plant and its uses 

J. Gielis 40


Volume 27


Freezing avoidance in tropical Andean bamboos

Francisca Ely, Sayuri Kiyota and Fermin Rada    1-10


Effect of rainwater harvesting on distribution of water and nutrients in soil influencing growth of Dendrocalamus strictus in degraded hills in Rajasthan, India

G. Singh      11-26


Influence of environmental conditions on the DBH of Guadua angustifolia Kunth (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) in the Colombian coffee region.

Victoria Eugenia González C., Gerardo Fonthal y Hernando Ariza-Calderón    27-35


Assessing the effectiveness of Neem seed oil-treatment for split-bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) against Pycnoporus sanguineus based on tensile strength properties

Erakhrumen, A. A.    32-44



Volume 26      


Canebrake fauna revisited: additional records of species diversity in a critically endangered ecosystem

Steven G. Platt, Thomas R. Rainwater, Ruth M. Elsey, & Christopher G. Brantley    1-12


Bergbambos and Oldeania, new genera of African bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae)

Chris M. A. Stapleton    13-26


Scientific investigation of traditional water leaching method for bamboo preservation

Perminderjit Kaur, Vikas Kardam, K.K. Pant, S. Satya, & S.N. Naik    27-32


Adaptive strategies of Reed Bamboos, Ochlandra spp., to the Western Ghat Habitats of India

B. Gopakumar & Bhavna Motwani    33-40


Flowering occurrences of Bambusa cacharensis in Barak Valley, Assam, India since its type collection: a note

Moonmee Devi & Debjyoti Bhattacharyya    41-44




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