Common name: Fishpole Bamboo
Phyllostachys aurea C.Rivière & Rivière APNI*
Description: Culms 2–5 m high, 2–3 cm diam., yellow or yellowish; internodes cylindrical, or grooved on the branch-bearing side, 8–11 cm long, usually crowded at the base and obliquely inclined, sheath-scars fringed with short white hairs when newly-formed.
Culm leaves with sheath more persistent; auricles lacking; ligule fringed with long hairs; blade lanceolate to narrow-lanceolate, bent downward, sometimes wrinkled, promptly deciduous.
Foliage leaves with auricles lacking or rudimentary; blade lanceolate, usually 5–15 cm long, 6–22 mm wide, densely soft-hairy to almost glabrous, with rectangular tessellate veins on lower surface.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated, persistent in abandoned gardens and established from dumped rhizomes, naturalized in several areas. Native of China.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Declared Noxious Weed
The culms are used as walking sticks, umbrella shafts, fan handles, pipe stems and fishing rods, and in making furniture and handicrafts; the young shoots are also edible.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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