Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1072

Grass, Sedge, or Rush; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China & Japan
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in GA, uncommon in Carolina Piedmont & Coastal Plain, rare Carolina Mtns

Look for it in suburban woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:

FRUIT:

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Phyllostachys aurea   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phyllostachys aurea   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-02-001:
Phyllostachys aurea   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Phyllostachys aurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo


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Gill Newberry    gn04_phyllostachys

April        

Culms green, or yellowish in bright sun or with age, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Gill Newberry    gn04_phyllostachys_aurea

April        

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Gill Newberry    gn04_phylostachys_node

April        

Culms usually to 3 or rarely 4cm in diameter, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm120428_859

April    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm120428_861

April    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

Nodal junctions mostly straight across, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120428_864

April    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm120428_869

April    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

Internodes at the base dissimilar in length, the lowermost distinctly shorter, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm150724_538

July    Pickens County    SC

Doodle Trail

Leaves 0.25-0.75" wide and 3-10" long, alternate or in fanlike clusters, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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JK Marlow    jkm0308h_30

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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Margaret Cirtain    mcc_dec2009_040

December    Alcorn County    MS

This is the usual large Bamboo cultivated and naturalizing in our area, per Weakley's Flora.