Greek pleios – many, blastos – buds.
Spreading, rhizomatous, mostly delicate bamboos. Stems hollow but thick walled, the shoots leafing from the tip down. Sheaths persistent. Branches (1-2)3-7 per node at the base of the stem. Inflorescence in a spike or raceme; irregular. Spikelets with 2 glumes and 5-13 florets. [Arundinaria in part]
Recently segregated from Arundinaria and distinguished by having smooth bristles on the sheaths.
Canes used for fishing rods etc.
Sheath bristles smooth; stem with a wide hollow; sheaths not marbled, persistent; branches forming from the base of the stems upwards.
About 20 species from China and Japan.
Source: (2005). Poaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.