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Fargesia denudata

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Fargesia denudata  T. P. Yi, J. Bamboo Res. 4(1): 20. 1985

 Synonym: Thamnocalamus denudatus (T.P.Yi) Demoly

  Missouri Botanical Garden's Tropicos Database of Names  TROPICOS

    International Plant Names Index   IPNI

   Multilingual Multiscript Plant Names Database  MMPND

 Electronic Plant Identification CentreElectronic Plant Identification Centre  KEW

Rhizome neck 4–13 cm long, 7–10 mm in diam. Culms 2–4 m, 6–10 mm in diam., dense, very pendulous; internodes 15–18 cm, cylindrical, smooth, initially white-powdery, wall 2–3 mm thick; nodes nearly level, sheath scar prominent; branches 7–15(-30), equal, slender. Culm sheaths deciduous, distally rounded, leathery, yellow-green to brown, ca. 2/3 as long as internodes, glabrous; auricles & oral setae absent; ligule ca. 0.7 mm, truncate, glabrous, shortly ciliate; blade linear or linear-triangular, revolute, glabrous. Leaves 5–10 per ultimate branch, insertion often repeated; sheath glabrous; auricles & oral setae absent; ligule rounded, 1-2 mm, glabrous; blade lanceolate, 7–11 0.4–1cm, papery, adaxial glossy, mildly rugose, base asymmetrically cuneate, glabrous, secondary veins 3–4-paired, margins distinct and spinescent-serrulate, transverse veins clear. Synflorescence a raceme, subtended by 1–4 purple spathes; spikelets 5–10, 1.5–2.5 cm, unilateral, rachilla internodes 0.5–1 mm; florets 2–4. Glumes 2, papery, unequal, narrowly lanceolate, apex abaxially puberulous; lemma ovate-lanceolate, puberulous, apex mucronate to long-mucronate. Palea 2-keeled, apically bifid, keels serrulate. Lodicules 3, ovate. Stamens 3; filaments free, slender; anthers yellow. Ovary ovate, glabrous; style 1; stigmas 3, plumose. Caryopsis ovate. Name from the Latin denudatus, naked for the lack of any hairs or setae.

A handsome pendulous bamboo with dense cascading masses of shiny, uneven leaves, which tolerate very low temperatures by rolling up.










Source in Google Earth F. denudata was first introduced as 2 seedlings from near Huanglong in N Sichuan by Roy Lancaster as #1575 in 1986. Later introductions have been made from the same location and sites further east.

[apicirubens] [denudata] [dracocephala] [murielae] [nitida] [robusta]