Pleioblastus Nakai

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.

McClintock (1982).

Source: Spencer, R.; Aldous, D.; Stajsic, V.; McGeary, D (2005). Poaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Poaceae
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