Common name: a bamboo
Arundinaria simonii f. variegata (Hook.f.) Rehder APNI*
Description: Slightly rhizomatous. Culms erect, 3–6 m tall, 2–3 cm diam., tough.
Leaves with sheaths somewhat persistent; shortly petiolate; blades narrowly ovate to almost linear, 10–25 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide, longitudinally streaked with white bands of variable width.
Spikelets narrowly ovate, 3–11 mm long. Glumes narrowly ovate, 15–16 mm long, more or less chartaceous. Lemmas broadly lanceolate, minutely bimucronate at apex, somewhat coriaceous, dorsally puberulous. Palea keels ciliate.
Flowering: Like most bamboos, populations flower together at intervals when all the plants may die after setting seed, but in this species flowering can also be intermittent
Distribution and occurrence: A garden escape on Lord Howe Island, widely cultivated species is a native of China and Japan.
NSW subdivisions: *LHI
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by P.S. Green
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
|The single forma in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.|
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