Bambusa species

Bambusa species -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

There are three native bamboos in the U.S. See the Arundinaria gigantea, switch cane, for more information. Other bamboos are non-native. Some have escaped into the wild and are being managed in state parks and elsewhere.

Bamboo can spread quickly by underground rhizomes and may suddenly appear many yards away from the main stand.

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Bambusa species

Non-Native in Florida

 

Phyllostachys meyeri

Non-Native in Florida

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Pseudosasa japonica

Non-Native in Florida

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Bamboo stems grew very quickly in this backyard. Many stems grew as much as 16 inches per day during one week in March 2005.

 

Bambusa # 1 grew 16" per day during a 7-day period

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March 22
60" tall

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March 24
108" tall

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March 27
148" tall

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March 29
172" tall

 

Bambusa # 2 grew 15" per day during a 7-day period

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March 22
120" tall

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March 24
162" tall

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March 27
198" tall

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March 29
224" tall

Read the EDIS publication, Bamboo Control, by Jason Ferrell, Mark Czarnota, and Ken Langeland.

bambooView the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.