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Clump-forming scrambling thornless bamboos, from subtropical to warm-temperate areas, with culms less than 2cm in diameter, long shiny internodes, strong central branches, and needle-like culm sheath blades. The flowers appear similar to those of small bamboos such as Yushania, but they have six stamens instead of three. Therefore they are related to genera such as Bambusa, and may represent an intermediate stage in bamboo evolution. They use trees for support, and in Bhutan are found only in the wet



subtropical forests in the south and east. The erect needle-like culm sheath blades and the smooth shiny culm surface distinguish these bamboos from all others. The mid-culm buds are tall and narrow. There are up to eighteen similar small branches, often with a strongly dominant central branch, similar in size to the culm. The culms are very flexible, and are used for high quality weaving. Yushania species can appear similar, but have prominent cross-veins on their leaves and usually have rougher culms.

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