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This species is accepted, and its native range is Peninsula Malaysia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Morphology General Habit
Perennial; culms solitary. Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms 600-1000 cm long; 30-60 mm diam.; woody; without nodal roots. Culm-internodes terete; thin-walled; light green and mid-green; striped. Lateral branches dendroid. Buds or branches absent from lower quarter of culm. Culm-sheaths 12 cm long; hispid; with black hairs; auriculate; with 10 mm high auricles; setose on shoulders; shoulders with curved hairs; shoulders with 15 mm long hairs. Culm-sheath ligule 6 mm high; ciliate. Culm-sheath blade triangular; cordate; erect; 7 cm long; 50 mm wide; with ciliate margins; acuminate. Leaf-sheath oral hairs lacking. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 1-2 mm long. Collar with external ligule. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 15-20 cm long; 20-25 mm wide.
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 8-10 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear; laterally compressed; 40 mm long; 8-10 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes definite; 2 mm long.
Fertile
Spikelets comprising 8-10 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets linear; laterally compressed; 40 mm long; 8-10 mm wide; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Rhachilla internodes definite; 2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Glume
Glumes several.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Fertile lemma lanceolate; 15-20 mm long; without keel. Lemma apex acute. Palea 10 -veined. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Lodicules 3; 3 mm long; ciliate. Anthers 6; 8 mm long; purple; anther tip penicillate. Filaments united in a tube. Stigmas 1-3. Ovary umbonate.
Distribution
Asia-tropical: Malesia.
Reference
Bambuseae. Holttum 1995.

Native to:

Malaya

Bambusa heterostachya (Munro) Holttum appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 5, 1998 Widjaja, E.A. [7131], Sumatera K000795308
Mar 5, 1998 Widjaja, E.A. [7131], Indonesia K000482722
Feb 1, 1955 Alwis [s.n.], Peninsular Malaysia K000854838
Griffith, W. [6731], Peninsular Malaysia K000290802 syntype
Wight, R. [s.n.], Malaysia K000290803 syntype
Dransfield, S. [SD769], Sabah K000795302
Dransfield, S. [SD766], Sabah K000795304
Dransfield, S. [769], Malaysia K000482725
s.coll. [s.n.], Malaysia K000795305
s.coll. [s.n.], Peninsular Malaysia K000795296
Widjaja, E.A. [4095], Singapore K000482723
Dransfield, S. [766], Malaysia K000482724
Dransfield, S. [s.n.], Malaysia K000795303
Wong. K.M [FRI 32222], Peninsular Malaysia K000795301

First published in J. Arnold Arbor. 27: 341 (1946)

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.
  • Gilliland, H.B. (1971). A revised flora of Malaya 3: 1-319. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Singapore.
  • Turner, I.M. (1995 publ. 1997). A catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Malaya Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 47(2): 347-655.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Gilliland, H.B. (1971). A revised flora of Malaya 3: 1-319. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Singapore.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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