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Pura Vida Tropicals
1541 Sunset Drive
Vista, CA 92081
U.S.A.
760-726-4038 Cell: 760-519-0397 Fax:760-726-4038
Bob & Vikki Dimattia

www.puravidatropicals.com
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Plants

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Clumper/Runner
BambusaGenus of tropical and subtropical clumping bamboos, usually giant, with numerous branches at a node, one or three much larger than the rest. New shoots appear in late summer or fall in their native areas.
Bambusa
arnhemica
  25.00 4.00 32 5 From Northern Territory, Australia, along water courses. Dense clumps, thick culms, short internodes, low branches.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
bambos
GIANT THORNY 100.00 7.00 30 5 Fast growing, thick-walled, soft. Lower branches are long, wiry and armed with thorns. Edible shoots. Used for paper in India.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
beecheyana
BEECHEY BAMBOO 50.00 5.00 21 5 Culms with short internodes generally arch strongly and are covered with white powder when young. Big thick-walled culms; edible shoots in much demand.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
burmanica
  50.00 4.00 32 5 Strong, nearly solid culms. Leaves up to 12 by 2 inches. Dense clumps, shrubby, lower branches spiny.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
chungii
  33.00 2.50 21 5 Culms covered with white powder. Thin walled. Used in papermaking, weaving.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
chungii
var. barbelatta
  22.00 1.50 21 5 Grows to about 3/4 the size, with lighter ring of hair around new culm nodes and looser culm sheath blade.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
dolichoclada
'Stripe'
  65.00 4.00 25 5 A beautiful giant from Taiwan. The culms are a waxy yellow with dark green stripes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
eutuldoides
  45.00 2.00 21 5 Straight, erect, thick-walled culms; some with fine white stripes. Grown in Hong Kong area.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
eutuldoides
'Viridivittata'
  25.00 1.00 21 5 Yellow culms with varying dark green stripes. New shoots have pink and peach tones. Low branching.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
glaucophylla
MALAY DWARF 15.00 1.00 30 5 Dense, erect, bushy, variegated. Used as an ornamental hedge, easy to prune to desired shape. Previously sold as Bambusa variegata. Bambusa variegata (hort.) Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
lako
TIMOR BLACK 50.00 3.50 28 5 Shiny culms green through brown to purple-black with some bold green or pale yellow stripes. Erect culm sheath blades on nearly hairless shoots. Flowers in US prove it to be Bambusa. From Timor. Gigantochloa atroviolacea 'Timor Black' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
oldhamii
GIANT TIMBER 55.00 4.00 21 5 The most common giant tropical bamboo grown in the U.S. Culms straight and erect with relatively short branches. Leaves are rather wide.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
pachinensis
  33.00 2.40 25 5 Medium size with yellowish culms, it resembles B. textilis.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
pervariabilis
'Viridistriatus'
  33.00 2.40 25 5 Recently introduced from China. Similar to the species but much more highly coloured. New shoots are yellow with green stripes maturing to yellow/gold with varying dark green stripes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
sinospinosa
CHINESE THORNY 70.00 5.00 20 5 A thorny bamboo with rather small leaves, and interlaced low thorny branches, impenetrable hedge.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
sp.
'Nana'
  25.00 2.50 28 5 A medium-sized timber bamboo from Thailand. Straight, strong. Some yellow stripes. Note B. nana is a synonym of B. multiplex.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
textilis
WEAVER'S BAMBOO 40.00 2.00 18 5 Tight clumps. An extremely handsome plant that arches gracefully. The thin-walled culms are used for weaving.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
textilis
var. gracilis
  30.00 1.30 18 5 Culm more slender than the typical B. textilis, nodding top, graceful foliage.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
tuldoides
PUNTING POLE 55.00 2.30 21 5 Somewhat similar to B. tulda but not as large and more hardy. It produces a large number of thick walled culms growing in a tight clump.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
ventricosa
BUDDHA'S BELLY 55.00 2.30 21 5 It becomes a dwarf with swollen internodes when grown in pots under dry conditions. In the ground it reverts to a giant with zigzag culms and branches. Bambusa tuldoides 'ventricosa' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
ventricosa
'Kimmei'
  55.00 2.30 21 5 As the species, but with yellow culms striped with green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
vulgaris
COMMON BAMBOO 50.00 4.00 30 5 Common throughout the tropical world. Open clump, culms spaced a foot or two apart. Culm cuttings root very easily. Used for banana props.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
vulgaris
'Vittata'
PAINTED BAMBOO 50.00 4.00 30 5 Similar to the species, golden yellow culms with green vertical stripes that look like drip marks. A very popular ornamental. Potted culm cuttings do not always survive.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
vulgaris
'Wamin Striata'
  16.00 3.00 30 5 Dwarf with short and swollen lower internodes, light green culms striped with dark green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Bambusa
vulgaris
'Wamin'
  16.00 3.00 30 5 A dwarf form with short and swollen lower green internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
BorindaClump-forming mountain bamboos from Bhutan, Tibet, Yunnan, & Sichuan, with different flowers to Fargesia and shorter rhizomes than Yushania. Culms usually blue at first, usually with very fine grooves..
Borinda
fungosa
  20.00 1.00 20 3 Yunnan, from 6,000 to 9,000 feet. Shoots sweet, culms used for weaving. Fargesia fungosa Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Borinda
fungosa
'White Cloud'
  15.00 1.00 20 U   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
ChimonobambusaMedium size running bamboos, often with raised, sometimes thorny nodes, or quadrangular culms, initiating new shoots in the fall or winter, or early spring hence "Winter bamboos".
Chimonobambusa
quadrangularis
SQUARE BAMBOO 25.00 1.50 15 4 Prominent nodes. Culms are square in cross section with rounded corners, especially on large mature plants.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Chimonobambusa
quadrangularis
'Suow'
  25.00 0.50 15 4 Culms are yellow with a few green stripes of varying width.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Chimonobambusa
tumidissinoda
Walking stick 20.00 1.30 10 4 A rare Chinese bamboo noted for its inflated culm nodes. Used for walking sticks in Sichuan, and highly prized for dried shoots. Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
ChimonocalamusA group of medium-sized clumping bamboos from Yunnan, China with culms bearing thorny basal nodes. Similar to Chimonobambusa but clumping and less hardy, from 1400 to only only 2000 meters in subtropical mountainous regions. Shoots are very good eating.
Chimonocalamus
pallens
  26.00 1.20 U 3 Erect culms, woody with root thorns at internode. Culm sheaths have green and purple striping.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
ChusqueaA genus of C & S American bamboos that contains 134 described species, and possibly another 70 yet to be described. They are mostly clumping mountain bamboos, but some are runners. The solid culms usually bear one dominant branch and numerous branchlets.
Chusquea
circinata
  22.00 1.00 25 4 Dark arching culms, whorls of small leaves, comes from central and southern Mexico. Clumping. previously misidentified as Arthrostylidium. Arthrostylidium sp. (hort.) Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
coronalis
  23.00 0.80 30 4 A clumping bamboo with numerous tiny leaves on branchlets that completely encircle the culms. Possibly the most beautiful bamboo in cultivation.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
culeou
  15.00 1.00 0 5 Hardy clumper, from southern Chile, long cultivated in Europe. Has many branches per node, all equal size. Many different clones available of varying hardiness and form.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
culeou
'Caņa Prieta'
  15.00 1.00 0 5 Darker culms, becoming red-brown or nearly black. Previously misidentified as C. nigricans. Chusquea nigricans Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
liebmannii
  33.00 1.00 32 4 Mexico to Costa Rica. Culms are strongly arching, sometimes clambering. Spine-like roots on the nodes, takes drier conditions than most bamboos.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
mimosa
ssp. Australis
  15.00 1.00 20 3 From southern Brazil. Small leaves, on stiff burgundy-red culms.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
pittieri
  25.00 2.00 24 5 The culms grow up, then arch over and hang down or climb on trees. Thorny nodes, especially near base. One of the largest of the genus.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Chusquea
sp.
'Las Vigas'
  8.00 0.50 20 3 Large leaves and very pretty rosy-red new shoots and arching culms. It has a fairly vigorous spreading and clambering habit.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Open Clumper
Chusquea
virgata
  25.00 0.80 U U From Costa Rica. Culms mottled with purple, erect at the base and arching, nodes swollen.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
DendrocalamusGiant tropical clumping bamboos similar to Bambusa, often with bigger branches and leaves, and hairier culms.
Dendrocalamus
asper
  100.00 8.00 32 5 An impressive ornamental growing rapidly under favorable conditions. Shoots are large, of the highest quality for food. Thai and Indonesia clones differ.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
asper
'Betung Hitam'
  100.00 8.00 32 5 A black cultivar of D. asper. Rare.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
brandisii
  100.00 8.00 32 5 Thick walled culms; similar to D. giganteus. Shoots of high quality, edible raw.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
brandisii
(variegated)
  100.00 12.00 32 5 Like the species but with variegated leaves. An unnamed cultivar.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
giganteus
  100.00 12.00 25 5 From Burma, perhaps the largest bamboo in the world. Leaves can be up to 20 inches long and 4 inches wide.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
giganteus
(Quail Clone)
  100.00 12.00 25 5 Propagated from the large specimen at Quail Botanical Gardens in California.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
giganteus
(variegated)
  U U 25 U Variegated leaves. An unnamed cultivar.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
hamiltonii
  80.00 7.00 27 5 Native from the Himalayas to Laos, with pendulous pruinose culms, leaves up to 15 inches long.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
jianshuiensis
  55.00 5.00 25 5 Similar to D. hamiltonii, but from China, with fimbriate culm sheath ligule.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
latiflorus
  65.00 8.00 25 5 From southern China. The large, dark green leaves are 10 to 16 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
membranaceus
  70.00 4.00 28 5 A strong growing bamboo with very straight culms forming loose clumps. Looks like Bambusa but DNA now suggesting Dendrocalamus was the correct genus. Bambusa membranacea Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
minor
  25.00 2.00 U 5 Culm top bending and drooping. Culm annulus and sheath annulus near the culm base have a yellowish brown ring.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
minor
'Amoenus'
  25.00 2.00 25 5 Culms pale yellow with green stripes, smaller than the species.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
sikkimensis
  65.00 8.00 35 5 Large culms become brownish red. Culm sheaths densely velvety with large auricles. Used for containers and water buckets.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Dendrocalamus
yunnanicus
  80.00 7.00 U 5 From southeast Yunnan and from Vietnam. Pale green. Used for shoots, construction, pipes, rafts.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
DrepanostachyumSmall to medium size clumping, bamboos, elegant leaves. Smaller than Himalayacalamus Culm sheaths hairy inside at top. Branches many and all equal, while Himalayacalamus species also have a dominant central branch.
Drepanostachyum
khasianum
  12.00 0.50 28 3 The new culms are dark green covered with white powder which gives them a bluish look. Several species have been grown under this name. Identity of the US clone is uncertain.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
FargesiaClumping bamboos from the alpine conifer forests of west and southwest China. Medium to small and all very cold hardy, but not tolerant of very high summer temperatures. Flowers like toothbrushes. Culms smooth.
Fargesia
apicirubens
'White Dragon'
  8.00 0.50 -5 3 Selected seedling with Akebono style white variegation on spring leaves. Fargesia dracocephala 'White Dragon' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Fargesia
nitida
FOUNTAIN BAMBOO 12.00 0.50 -15 2 Upright culms with thick grey deciduous wax when young, may become nearly black. Sheaths orange-ribbed. First introduced as seed in 1889, from which many cultivars named. Those plants currently starting a protracted flowering phase and probably all about   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
GigantochloaGiant, tropical, clumping bamboos similar to Bambusa. G. atroviolacea, G. atter, G. robusta, and G. pseudoarundinacea were formerly all considered to be forms of G. verticillata. Rarely flower or come true from seed, and may be "natural hybrids."
Gigantochloa
atroviolacea
TROPICAL BLACK 50.00 3.50 25 5 Matte culms in tight clumps green through dark brown/black with narrow green stripes. Reflexed culm sheath blades on hairy shoots. From Java and Sumatra.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Gigantochloa
luteostriata
  30.00 2.00 28 5 Erect with full foliage on top. Young leaves variegated white/green. Canes green, intermittent white stripes. Bambusa luteostriata Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Gigantochloa
maxima
  45.00 4.00 28 5 Variegated culms with cream-colored stripes. The exact ID of plants that have been sold in the past under this name is not clear; also see G. pseudoarundinacea.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Gigantochloa
pseudoarundinacea
  100.00 5.00 28 5 Formerly included in G. verticillata complex. The culms when young are light green, with thin yellow stripes. Gigantochloa verticillata Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Gigantochloa
ridleyi
  50.00 2.00 32 5 A very useful straight culmed, large-leafed, handsome bamboo. Tight habit with persistent culm sheaths.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Gigantochloa
sp.
'Sumatra 3751'
  60.00 U 28 5 Purple stripes on green canes. May be Gigantochloa kuring, “buluh kuring hitam” and may be bigger.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
GuaduaA genus of giant, thorny, tropical clumping bamboos native to the New World. Clumps very open. Some older references include them in Bambusa.
Guadua
amplexifolia
  50.00 4.00 28 5 Short internodes, nearly solid in the lower part of the arching culms. Useful, but not as strong as G. angustifolia.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Guadua
angustifolia
  100.00 9.00 30 5 The largest of the American bamboos, native Venezuela to Peru, used for house construction and furniture. Thorny. Open clumps.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Guadua
angustifolia
'Bicolor'
  100.00 8.00 30 5 Culms have vertical yellow and green stripes. Also known as 'Striata'.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Guadua
angustifolia
'Less Thorny'
  100.00 8.00 30 5 A clone with significantly fewer and smaller thorns.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Guadua
chacoensis
  65.00 6.00 30 5 A large woody thorny green bamboo, with erect culms, from Bolivia to Uraguay. May grow taller than listed.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
HibanobambusaA running genus from Japan once thought to be a natural bigeneric hybrid between Sasa veitchii and Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon', but with little evidence to support that idea.
Hibanobambusa
tranquillans
'Shiroshima'
  16.00 1.30 3 4 This form has strikingly attractive leaves variegated in cream and green. The colors persist throughout the year.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
HimalayacalamusClump-forming mountain bamboos from the Himalayas with attractive culms and lush foliage.
Himalayacalamus
falconeri
'Damarapa'
CANDY-STRIPE BAMBOO 20.00 2.00 15 2 Beautiful cultivar with masses of leaves on long, slender branchlets. Culms green, striped with yellow or lavender-pink. Formerly misidentified, and Drepanostachyum hookerianum. Species stil uncertain. Drepanostachyum hookerianum Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Himalayacalamus
hookerianus
BLUE BAMBOO 20.00 0.80 20 2 Light blue culms become blue-purple in first winter. Formaly sold as Drepanostachyum falcatum. Named seedling clones have not maintained differences when mature. Drepanostachyum falcatum Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Himalayacalamus
planatus
  20.00 0.50 15 3 From C Nepal. As H. falconeri but with rougher culm sheaths. Split from H. asper. Previously Neomicrocalamus microphyllus. H. asper Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Himalayacalamus
porcatus
  20.00 1.00 20 3 From Nepal. Grows above 2000 meters. Tight clumper, finely ridged internodes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
IndocalamusSmall, running bamboos from China with large, broad leaves; similar to Sasa but with non-prominent culm nodes.
Indocalamus
tessellatus
Big Leaf 7.00 0.50 -10 4 Usually less than 4 feet tall, it can reach 10ft and has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation, up to 26 inches by 5 inches. Adapts easily to growing in pots. Does well in shade or sun.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
OtateaGenus of American clumping bamboos with 3 known species. From central Mexico to Central America.
Otatea
acuminata
ssp. Acuminata
  15.00 0.70 28 5 Smaller and more delicate looking then aztecorum, it comes from the hot, humid lowlands of eastern Mexico.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Otatea
acuminata
ssp. Aztecorum
MEXICAN WEEPING 20.00 1.50 22 4 The long narrow leaves are produced in such abundance that they almost completely obscure the culms. Clumps open with culms spaced up to 1 or 2 feet.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Otatea
acuminata
ssp. aztecorum 'Dwarf'
DWARF MEXICAN WEEPING 4.00 0.70 22 4 A dwarf form of the above. Looks like a basketball.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
Otatea
glauca
'Mayan Silver'
  20.00 1.50 22 4 Previously known as O. acuminata 'Mayan Silver'. From Chiapas, Mexico, with hollow culms covered in silver-white waxy powder. Leaves weeping and narrow. Otatea acuminata 'Mayan Silver' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Clumper
PhyllostachysMedium to giant runners which have a distinct groove above pairs of unequal branches at mid-culm nodes. They shoot in spring.
Phyllostachys
aurea
'Koi'
  27.00 1.80 5 5 The culms turn from green to yellow after the first 6 months, but the culm grooves remain green.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
aureosulcata
'Spectabilis'
Green groove 26.00 1.50 -5 5 The culms are yellow with a green groove, just opposite of the typical form. Smaller in hottest areas.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
GIANT JAPANESE TIMBER, MADAKE 72.00 6.00 5 5 The most utilized bamboo in Japan where it is valued for its large straight thick-walled culms. Flowered extensively in the 1970’s and many plants died. Most plants have regained their vegetative vigor.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Allgold'
  35.00 2.00 5 5 The culms are entirely golden yellow except for an occasional thin green stripe.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Castillon Inversa'
  35.00 2.00 5 5 This is the complement of the above; culms are green with yellow grooves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
bambusoides
'Castillon'
  35.00 2.00 5 5 Golden yellow culms with green grooves and stripes. An occasional leaf is striped in cream. It died due to flowering, and a new clone with less leaf variegation, sometimes called 'McClure's Castillon', has been introduced.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
nigra
Black bamboo 30.00 2.00 5 5 Culms turn jet black after the first 6 months to one year. Popular because of its graceful habit and the sharp accent of its culm color. Said to grow larger in northern climates. It is not clear whether there is significant difference between some of the cultivars   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
violascens
  20.00 2.00 0 5 Culms blackish-violet at first, sometimes striped with violet. Sheaths deep purple.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Phyllostachys
vivax
Vivax 70.00 5.00 5 5 Resembles P. bambusoides except that the culms have thinner walls and a white powdery band beneath each node at sheath-fall. Gray-green when mature.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PleioblastusGenus of small and medium size running bamboos with persistent culm leaves. Most are native to Japan, were formerly classified in Arundinaria.
Pleioblastus
akebono
  2.00 0.30 10 3 The small leaves, no more than 3 inches long by 1/2 inch wide, are often green shading to white to the tips.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
argenteostriatus
  3.00 0.30 10 2 The green leaves, which are more or less striped with white or yellow, are hairless on both surfaces.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
distichus
DWARF FERN LEAF 2.00 0.20 0 3 Branchlets bear tiny, two ranked leaves which are often only 1 inch long by 1/4 inch wide. A good ground cover or container plant.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
kongosanensis
  6.00 0.40 5 4 Dark green leaves.   Sources
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Pleioblastus
pygmaeus
  2.00 0.10 0 3 Similar to Pl. distichus except that the leaves are hairy below. Other small bamboos are often sold under this name.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
shibuyanus
'Tsuboi'
UEDA-ZASA 9.00 0.30 -5 3 A vigorous growing dwarf with rather small, white striped leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pleioblastus
viridistriatus
'Chrysophyllus'
  3.00 0.30 0 2 Same as Pl. viridistriatus, except that the leaves are yellow with only very faint green stripes.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
PseudosasaSmall to medium size running bamboos which usually have only one branch at a node.
Pseudosasa
japonica
Arrow Bamboo 18.00 0.80 5 3 Erect culms with large broad leaves, up to a foot long by 1.5 inches wide. Less invasive than most other runners. It does well in tubs and pots. The culms were used in ancient japan to make arrows.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Pseudosasa
japonica
'Tsutsumiana'
Green Onion 18.00 0.80 5 3 Similar to the species except that the culm internodes tend to be swollen in shape somewhat like that of a green onion.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
SasaRunning species, dwarf or up to 6 feet tall, with at most one branch per node. The leaves are usually large.
Sasa
palmata
  7.00 0.50 5 2 The thick, leathery leaves are up to 15 inches long by 21/2 inches wide. It does well in pots, looks best when grown in the shade. Grows taller in cool climates.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
SasaellaSimilar to Sasa except that culms are more erect, leaves are smaller and the oral setae have bristles only near the base.
Sasaella
masamuneana
'Albostriata'
FUIRI-SHIIYAZASA 6.00 0.30 5 3 An attractive variegated bamboo with thick leaves striped in white or cream. Sasaella glabra 'Albostriata' Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
SemiarundinariaMedium size running bamboos with nearly cylindrical culms and culm leaves that hang for some time attached at the middle of their base.
Semiarundinaria
fastuosa
NARIHIRA BAMBOO 30.00 1.50 0 5 Stately cultivar with very erect, straight culms and very short branches Culms eventually turn mottled purplish brown. Internodes narrowly grooved above the branches.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Semiarundinaria
lubrica
  15.00 1.00 23 U A recent introduction. Perhaps is Oligostachyum lubricum Shoots edible.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Semiarundinaria
makinoi
MAKINOI 16.00 0.80 5 4 The culms soon turn reddish-brown. An attractive small bamboo suitable for growing in pots.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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ShibataeaA genus with very dense, short, zig-zagged angular culms with 3-5 branches per node, often clipped into balls.
Shibataea
chinensis
  2.00 0.10 -5 3 Similar but smaller than S. kumasaca, it may also be hardier. Shows less leaf burn under alkaline conditions.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
Runner
Shibataea
kumasaca
  7.00 0.30 -5 3 Short, broad leaves on slender, nearly solid culms with prominent nodes and short slightly zigzag internodes. Prefers acid soil, shows extensive leaf burn if in alkaline environment.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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SinobambusaRunning bamboos similar to Semiarundinaria except that the culm leaves promptly fall off.
Sinobambusa
tootsik
'Albostriata'
  30.00 1.50 10 4 Similar to the type, but with yellowish white striped leaves.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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YushaniaA large group of spreading thornless frost-hardy bamboos from Taiwan, the Himalayas and Africa. Rhizomes pachymorph, often with long rootless necks, but also tillering, so forming spreading thickets.
Yushania
anceps
'Pitt White'
  25.00 0.50 10 3 May grow taller than the species. Narrow leaves, weeping. A clone from Britain.   Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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Yushania
boliana
  24.00 2.00 10 3 Pale blue culms, reaches large size quickly. From Sichuan, via Fuji Bamboo Gardens in Japan. Culms well spaced in warmer climates. Borinda boliana Sources Photos from bambooweb.info
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