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This species is accepted, and its native range is Sikkim to China (SW. Yunnan) and Peninsula Malaysia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; caespitose. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms erect; 1500-2000 cm long; 25-35 mm diam.; woody; without nodal roots. Culm-internodes terete; 45-75 cm long; dark green; distally pruinose. Lateral branches dendroid. Culm-sheaths 20-30 cm long; 1 times as long as wide; pubescent; hairy throughout; with appressed hairs; truncate at apex; without auricles, or auriculate; setose on shoulders. Culm-sheath blade triangular; as wide as sheath at base; 20-35 cm long; pubescent; acuminate. Leaves cauline. Leaf-sheaths striately veined; glabrous on surface. Leaf-sheath oral hairs setose; deciduous. Leaf-sheath auricles erect. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Collar with external ligule. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath; petiole 0.2 cm long. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 10-20 cm long; 12-20 mm wide. Leaf-blade midrib conspicuous. Leaf-blade venation with 8-12 secondary veins. Leaf-blade surface hirsute; hairy abaxially. Leaf-blade margins scabrous. Leaf-blade apex acuminate; antrorsely scabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Synflorescence bractiferous; clustered at the nodes; in untidy tufts; with glumaceous subtending bracts; with axillary buds at base of spikelet; prophyllate below lateral spikelets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets comprising 3-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; straight, or curved; subterete; 25-32 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes definite; clavate; pilose; hairy at tip.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 3-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; straight, or curved; subterete; 25-32 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes definite; clavate; pilose; hairy at tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes several; 1-2 empty glumes; persistent; shorter than spikelet.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma ovate; 6-8 mm long; without keel. Lemma surface glabrous; inner surface pubescent. Lemma apex acute; mucronate. Palea 5-7 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 3; membranous; veined; ciliate. Anthers 6; anther tip apiculate. Stigmas 3. Ovary umbonate; pubescent on apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Caryopsis with adherent pericarp.
Distribution
Asia-temperate: China. Asia-tropical: India and Indo-China.
Reference
Bambuseae. Gamble 1995.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Bambusa pallida Munro appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 25, 1894 Mann [s.n.], India K000482736
Mar 1, 1894 Oliver, J.W. [s.n.], Myanmar K000482748
Mar 17, 1891 Mann [38], India K000482735
Mar 17, 1891 Mann [s.n.], India K000482738
Mar 17, 1891 Mann [s.n.], India K000482739
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], India K000357953 Unknown type material
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Indian Subcontinent K000357955 Unknown type material
Mann [s.n.], India K000482734
Oliver, J.W. [s.n.], Myanmar K000482740
Mann [22640], India K000482743
s.coll. [21825], India K000482742
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Indian Subcontinent K000854792
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], India K000482733
Mann [21831], India K000482930
Clarke, C.B. [42982], India K000482732
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Indian Subcontinent K000357954 Unknown type material
Gamble, J.S. [8049], India K000482731
Keenan, J. [1759], Myanmar K000482746
Mann [22652], India K000482741
Das, P. [22663], India K000482744
Mann [21831], India K000482747
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Indian Subcontinent K000854793
Mann [21857], India K000482737
Keenan, J. [1758], Myanmar K000482745
Hooker, J.D. [s.n.], Indian Subcontinent K000854791

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 26: 97 (1868)

Accepted by

  • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S.K., Nayar, M.P. & Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.
  • Kress, W.J., DeFilipps, R.A., Farr, E. & Kyi, D.Y.Y. (2003). A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Climbers of Myanmar Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45: 1-590.
  • Newman, M., Ketphanh, S., Svengsuksa, B., Thomas, P., Sengdala, K., Lamxay, V. & Armstrong, K. (2007). A checklist of the vascular plants of Lao PDR: 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Camus, E.G. & Camus, A. in H. Lecomte (1922). Flore Générale de l'indo-Chine 1(3): 193-336.
  • H?, P.-H. (2000). Câyc? Vi?tnam. An Illustrated flora of Vietnam, ed. 2, 3: 1-1020. Pham-hoang Ho, Montréal.
  • Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S.K., Nayar, M.P. & Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2006). Poaceae Flora of China 22: 1-733. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

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