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Overview

Brief Summary

History in the United States

Bamboos are woody reed-like grasses that have a shrubby growth habit. The three species featured here are popular ornamentals that were introduced and planted widely but other species and cultivars are also available in the nursery trade. These species have been reported by numerous sources as being invasive in natural areas (see below). Giant or switch cane (Arundinaria gigantea) is the only species of bamboo native to the U.S. It is found throughout the Southeast just into southern Maryland and is about the size of Pseudosasa.

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Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Golden bamboo is not native to North America but is cultivated as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia, in the West and Buffalo, New York, in the East [3,33]. Escaped populations, however, are generally restricted to the southern United States from Texas to Florida and from Arkansas to North Carolina [11,15,24,39,56]. Golden bamboo also occurs outside of cultivation on the islands of Hawaii and Oahu [44]. Populations are also reported in Oregon and 3 California counties, but the extent of escaped cultivars on the West Coast is poorly documented [43,53]. Generally golden bamboo occurs in urban areas near planting sites. In Texas, golden bamboo occurs in the Lower Galveston Bay watershed within urban and residential areas of Houston [28]. In Tennessee, golden bamboo persists in areas where it was cultivated, but as of 1994, no populations had escaped from the cultivated area [11]. Grass Manual on the Web provides a map of golden bamboo's North American distribution.

Golden bamboo may be native to both China and Japan's temperate and subtropical regions [13]. Some reports suggest that golden bamboo is native only to China [3,33,56] but has become common in Japan after hundreds of years of cultivation [50].

Because primary literature and original research on golden bamboo are lacking, this summary has relied heavily on information presented in floras [3,12,39] and other reviews [1,8,13,25,28,33,36,43,44,50,51]. Information presented in these reviews often lacked supporting documentation and details. Additional research on golden bamboo is necessary before the information in this and other reviews can be properly assessed for accuracy and completeness.

Introduction and local spread: Golden bamboo has been widely planted as an ornamental in tropical to temperate areas of the world [13]. In the United States, golden bamboo was first planted in Alabama in 1882 [28,33]. As of 1971, it occurred in Alabama's Covington, Coffee, Henry, Bullock, Tallapoosa, and Chambers counties. Golden bamboo was sometimes planted for its use in making fishing poles. Escaping populations are most common on the Coastal Plain [9]. As of 1968, golden bamboo was reported in South Carolina's Lexington and Spartanburg counties and in North Carolina's Chatham and Mecklenburg counties [39]. In southern forests, a report estimated that nonnative bamboos (Phyllostachys spp.) occupied 71,560 acres (28,960 ha) in 2008 [37].

Although golden bamboo is generally found near planting sites, in some areas there has been extensive spread that has negatively impacted native plant communities. In Texas, golden bamboo has been widely cultivated, and in Grayson and Tarrant counties, extensive stands are spreading on sandy soils [12]. In a study of riparian areas in Georgia, researchers sampled 15 watersheds in the west-central part of the state. Golden bamboo occurred in just 1 urban watershed. Plants were found in a "natural" area adjacent to a city park but away from mowed or high foot traffic areas [32]. Although golden bamboo was not reported in a 1991 survey of Cumberland Island, Georgia, researchers estimated that it occupied an area of 31,440 feet² (2,921 m²) in surveys conducted in 2003 and 2004. Nonnative taxa were of secondary importance in the 1991 survey, which focused on rare native taxa. In 2003 and 2004, golden bamboo did not occur in "natural areas", but researchers noted seedlings or new clones at the periphery of established clumps [23]. In a 1980 survey of southeastern National Park Service officials, golden bamboo was noted in South Carolina's Congaree Swamp National Monument and Cowpens National Battlefield [4]. In Hawaii, golden bamboo was first reported in native plant communities in 1992, although it has been cultivated in the state for a "long time". Researchers found a clone covering 1 acre (0.4 ha) of a steep hillside in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. The clone originated from a roadside ornamental planting and forms a near monoculture on the hillside [44]. In the French Mediterranean backcountry, researchers identified 407 nonnative perennials planted in 120 private gardens. Of the nonnative garden perennials, golden bamboo was 1 of 20 that escaped into adjacent abandoned fields [35].

  • 3. Barkworth, Mary E.; Capels, Kathleen M.; Long, Sandy; Anderton, Laurel K.; Piep, Michael B., eds. 2007. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Volume 24: Magnoliophyta: Commelinidae (in part): Poaceae, part 1. New York: Oxford University Press. 911 p. [68092]
  • 4. Bratton, Susan P.; Owen, India; White, Peter S. 1982. The status of botanical information on national parks in the southeastern United States. Castanea. 47(2): 137-147. [75896]
  • 8. Canadian Museum of Nature. 1998. Portrait of biodiversity--Bamboo: Phyllostachys aurea. Global Biodiversity. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Nature. 7(4): 18. [75885]
  • 9. Clark, R. C. 1971. The woody plants of Alabama. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 58(2): 99-242. [70680]
  • 11. DeSelm, H. R.; Wofford, B. E.; Kral, R.; Chester, E. W. 1994. An annotated list of grasses (Poaceae, Gramineae) of Tennessee. Castanea. 59(4): 338-353. [75897]
  • 12. Diggs, George M., Jr.; Lipscomb, Barney L.; O'Kennon, Robert J. 1999. Illustrated flora of north-central Texas. Sida Botanical Miscellany, No. 16. Fort Worth, TX: Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 1626 p. [35698]
  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 23. Hunt, Thaddeus; Langeland, Kenneth. 2008. Exotic plant species of Cumberland Island, Georgia. Natural Areas Journal. 28(3): 299-306. [75880]
  • 24. Ison, Celia Fern. 1996. Vascular flora of St. Francis National Forest in Arkansas. Castanea. 61(1): 49-61. [74684]
  • 25. Janzen, Daniel H. 1976. Why bamboos wait so long to flower. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 347-391. [63033]
  • 32. Loewenstein, Nancy J.; Loewenstein, Edward F. 2005. Non-native plants in the understory of riparian forests across a land use gradient in the Southeast. Urban Ecosystems. 8(1): 79-91. [75882]
  • 39. Radford, Albert E.; Ahles, Harry E.; Bell, C. Ritchie. 1968. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. 1183 p. [7606]
  • 44. Staples, George W.; Imada, Clyde T.; Herbst, Derral R. 2002. New Hawaiian plant records for 2000. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers. 68: 3-18. [75875]
  • 56. Wunderlin, Richard P.; Hansen, Bruce F. 2003. Guide to the vascular plants of Florida. 2nd edition. Gainesville, FL: The University of Florida Press. 787 p. [69433]
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  • 15. Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. 2009. Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's 2009 list of invasive species, [Online]. Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.fleppc.org/list/List-WW-F09-final.pdf [2009, December 1]. [77270]
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  • 33. MacDonald, Gregory E.; Ferrell, Jay; Sellers, Brent; Langeland, Ken; Duperron-Bond, Ona Tina; Ketterer-Guest, Eileen. 2008. Golden bamboo--Phyllostachys aurea (Carr) Poaceae, [Online]. In: Plant info and images--Invasive plant management plans. In: Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (Producer). Available: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/324 [2009, November 24]. [75868]
  • 35. Marco, Audrey; Lavergne, Sebastien; Dutoit, Thierry; Bertaudiere-Montes, Valerie. 2009. From the backyard to the backcountry: how ecological and biological traits explain the escape of garden plants into Mediterranean old fields. Biological Invasions. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-009-9479-3, http://www.springerlink.com/content/81t2pp4u33281n2t/fulltext.pdf [2009, December 3]. [75409]
  • 36. Miller, James H. 2003. Nonnative invasive plants of southern forests: A field guide for identification and control. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-62. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 93 p. Available online: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs062/ [2004, December 10]. [50788]
  • 37. Miller, James H.; Chambliss, Erwin B.; Oswalt, Christopher M., comps. 2008. Estimates of acres covered by nonnative invasive plants in southern forests, [Online]. In: Maps of occupation and estimates of acres covered by nonnative invasive plants in southern forests using SRS FIA data posted on March 15, 2008. Athens, GA: University of Georgia, Bugwood Network; Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; Animal and Plant Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (Producers). Available: http://www.invasive.org/fiamaps/summary.pdf [2009, November 6]. [72772]
  • 43. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 2003. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council invasive plant manual, [Online]. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.invasive.org/eastern/eppc/index.html [2005, August 10]. [54193]
  • 50. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Staff. 2006. Weed of the week: Golden bamboo--Phyllostachys aurea Car. ex A. & C. Riviere., [Online]. In: Invasive plants fact sheets. WOW 02-09-06. In: Forest health protection--invasive plants. Newtown Square, PA: Forest Health Protection (Producer). Available: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/invasive_plants/weeds/golden-bamboo.pdf [2009, December 1]. [75877]
  • 51. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER). 2008. Species description or overview: Phyllostachys aurea Riviere & C. Riviere, Poaceae, [Online]. In: Species info--plants. In: Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk. Puunene, HI: Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) (Producer). Available: http://www.hear.org/pier/species/phyllostachys_aurea.htm [2009, December 1]. [75874]
  • 53. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2009. PLANTS Database, [Online]. Available: http://plants.usda.gov/. [34262]

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Distribution and Habitat in the United States

These species of bamboo have been reported to be invasive in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast as well as some sites in the western and southwestern U.S. Infestations are commonly associated with new and very old residences from which they’ve escaped.

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Origin

Asia

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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

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This description covers characteristics that may be relevant to fire ecology and is not meant for identification. Keys for identification are available (e.g., [3,12,39]).

Aboveground description: Golden bamboo is a large, somewhat woody, rhizomatous, perennial grass that produces clumps of single branching stems [12,39,43]. Stems of established clones grow quickly and at maturity can range from 7 to 39 feet (2-12 m) tall. Stem diameters may reach 6 inches (15 cm) but are typically 3.5 inches (9 cm) or less [3,17,33,50,51]. Stems appear jointed because of swollen internodes [36,43]. Branches often occur in pairs [51], and stems and branches are green when plants are young but turn golden yellow with age [13]. Golden bamboo branches produce up to 6 leaves, which are often arranged in fan-like clusters. Leaf blades are narrow, grass-like and generally measure 2 to 6 inches (5-15 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide [12,39,44,50].

Flowers and seeds are rarely produced by golden bamboo [8,12], and in much of the United States, flowers have never been observed [17,39]. When produced, flowers occur in spikelets up to 2 inches (2.5 cm) long with 8 to 12 flowers [13,50,51]. Flower production and the fate of flowering plants are discussed more in Seed production.

Belowground description: Golden bamboo produces long, slender, and often hollow rhizomes. Rhizomes are branching, produce true roots, and generally exist entirely below ground. Each internode of the rhizome is capable of producing another rhizome or a new stem. Rhizomes grow horizontally and can support rapid spread [13,28,33,51].

  • 3. Barkworth, Mary E.; Capels, Kathleen M.; Long, Sandy; Anderton, Laurel K.; Piep, Michael B., eds. 2007. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Volume 24: Magnoliophyta: Commelinidae (in part): Poaceae, part 1. New York: Oxford University Press. 911 p. [68092]
  • 8. Canadian Museum of Nature. 1998. Portrait of biodiversity--Bamboo: Phyllostachys aurea. Global Biodiversity. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Nature. 7(4): 18. [75885]
  • 12. Diggs, George M., Jr.; Lipscomb, Barney L.; O'Kennon, Robert J. 1999. Illustrated flora of north-central Texas. Sida Botanical Miscellany, No. 16. Fort Worth, TX: Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 1626 p. [35698]
  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 17. Godfrey, Robert K. 1988. Trees, shrubs, and woody vines of northern Florida and adjacent Georgia and Alabama. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press. 734 p. [10239]
  • 39. Radford, Albert E.; Ahles, Harry E.; Bell, C. Ritchie. 1968. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. 1183 p. [7606]
  • 44. Staples, George W.; Imada, Clyde T.; Herbst, Derral R. 2002. New Hawaiian plant records for 2000. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers. 68: 3-18. [75875]
  • 28. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 2007. Phyllostachys aurea Carr. ex. A. & C. Rivire, [Online]. In: Invasive plant database. In: Texasinvasives.org. Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (Producer). Available: http://texasinvasives.org/invasives_database/detail_print.php?symbol=PHAU8 [2009, December 1]. [76103]
  • 33. MacDonald, Gregory E.; Ferrell, Jay; Sellers, Brent; Langeland, Ken; Duperron-Bond, Ona Tina; Ketterer-Guest, Eileen. 2008. Golden bamboo--Phyllostachys aurea (Carr) Poaceae, [Online]. In: Plant info and images--Invasive plant management plans. In: Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (Producer). Available: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/324 [2009, November 24]. [75868]
  • 36. Miller, James H. 2003. Nonnative invasive plants of southern forests: A field guide for identification and control. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-62. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 93 p. Available online: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs062/ [2004, December 10]. [50788]
  • 43. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 2003. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council invasive plant manual, [Online]. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.invasive.org/eastern/eppc/index.html [2005, August 10]. [54193]
  • 50. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Staff. 2006. Weed of the week: Golden bamboo--Phyllostachys aurea Car. ex A. & C. Riviere., [Online]. In: Invasive plants fact sheets. WOW 02-09-06. In: Forest health protection--invasive plants. Newtown Square, PA: Forest Health Protection (Producer). Available: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/invasive_plants/weeds/golden-bamboo.pdf [2009, December 1]. [75877]
  • 51. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER). 2008. Species description or overview: Phyllostachys aurea Riviere & C. Riviere, Poaceae, [Online]. In: Species info--plants. In: Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk. Puunene, HI: Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) (Producer). Available: http://www.hear.org/pier/species/phyllostachys_aurea.htm [2009, December 1]. [75874]

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Description and Biology

  • Plant: woody stems varying from about ¼ in. (arrow) to 3-4 in. diameter (common and golden) with hollow centers and solid joints; grow to heights of 7-8 ft. (arrow) to 16-40 ft. (common and golden).
  • Leaves: strap-shaped and tapering with pointed tips, tough, somewhat papery or leathery, up to 10 in. long and 1-2 in. across.
  • Flowers, fruits and seeds: flowering is infrequent and unpredictable; flowers are grasslike and not especially showy.
  • Spreads: by vegetative means through vigorous rhizomatous growth.
  • Look-alikes: other bamboos, including native giant cane (Arundinaria gigantea) and some tall grasses.

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Physical Description

Perennials, Terrestrial, not aquatic, Rhizomes present, Rhizome elongate, creeping, stems distant, Stems woody, Stems nodes swollen or brittle, Stems erect or ascending, Stems caespitose, tufted, or clustered, Stems swollen at base, tuberous, cormous or bulbous, Stems or basal sheaths yellow to green, brown or black at base, Stems compressed, flattened, or sulcate, Stems branching above base or distally at nodes, Stem internodes hollow, Stems with inflorescence 1-2 m tall, Stems with inflorescence 2-6 m tall, Stems with inflorescence 6 m or taller, Stems, culms, or scapes exceeding basal leaves, Leaves mostly cauline, Leaves conspicuously 2-ranked, distichous, Leaves pseudo-petiolate, petiole attached to sheath, Leaves sheathing at base, Leaf sheath mostly open, or loose, Leaf sheath smooth, glabrous, Leaf sheath and blade differentiated, Leaves borne on branches, Le af blades lanceolate, Leaves with distinct crossveins, net-like transverse veins, Leaf blades 2-10 mm wide, Leaf blades 1-2 cm wide, Leaf blades mostly flat, Leaf blade with prominently raised or widened midvein, Leaf blades mostly glabrous, Leaf blades more or less hairy, Ligule present, Ligule a fringed, ciliate, or lobed membrane, Inflorescence lateral or axillary, Inflorescence with 2 or more spikes, fascicles, glomerules, heads, or clusters per culm, Inflorescence single raceme, fascicle or spike, Inflorescence a single spikelet, Flowers bisexual, Spikelets sessile or subsessile, Spikelets laterally compressed, Inflorescence or spikelets partially hidden in leaf sheaths, subtended by spatheole, Spikelet less than 3 mm wide, Spikelets with 2 florets, Spikelets solitary at rachis nodes, Spikelets all alike and fertille, Spikelets bisexual, Spikelets disarticulating above the glumes, glumes persistent, Spikelets disarticulating beneath or between the florets, Rachilla or pedicel glabrous, Glumes present, empty bracts, Glumes 1 clearly present, the other greatly reduced or absent, Glumes shorter than adjacent lemma, Lemmas thin, chartaceous, hyaline, cartilaginous, or membranous, Lemma 8-15 nerved, Lemma apex acute or acuminate, Lemma awnless, Lemma margins thin, lying flat, Lemma straight, Palea present, well developed, Palea membranous, hyaline, Palea shorter than lemma, Palea 2 nerved or 2 keeled, Stamens 3, Styles 3 or 3-fid, deeply 3-branched, Stigmas 3, Fruit - caryopsis, Caryopsis ellipsoid, longitudinally grooved, hilum long-linear.
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Description

Culms 5–12 m, 2–5 cm in diam.; internodes 15–30 cm, usually strongly shortened and commonly ventricose at basal nodes, distally inflated for several mm below node at mid-culm and basal nodes, initially white powdery, glabrous; wall 4–8 mm thick; nodal ridge as prominent as sheath scar or slightly more prominent; sheath scar initially fringed with white pubescence. Culm sheaths yellow-green or pale red-brown, becoming straw-colored, with variably sized brown spots, base edged with white pubescence; auricles and oral setae absent; ligule yellow-green, truncate or weakly convex at apex, very short, 1–2 mm, margin longer pale green ciliate; blade reflexed, green, with yellow margins, linear, flat or crinkled in upper sheaths. Leaves 2 or 3 per ultimate branch; sheath glabrous; auricles and oral setae absent or deciduous; ligule short; blade 6–12 × 1–1.8 cm, abaxially pilose especially near petiole.
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Diagnostic Description

Synonym

Phyllostachys bambusoides Siebold & Zuccarini var. aurea (Carrière ex Rivière & C. Rivière) Makino; P. breviligula W. T. Lin & Z. M. Wu; P. formosana Hayata; P. reticulata (Ruprecht) K. Koch var. aurea (Carrière ex Rivière & C. Rivière) Makino.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat characteristics

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Roadsides, rights of way, and old home sites are the most commonly described habitats with dense and extensive golden bamboo stands [1,28,36,57]. However, golden bamboo also occurs in secondary forests, forest clearings, and forest edges in Texas [28], prairie and pine forests in southwestern Louisiana [14], natural areas and parks in Alabama [1], and is spreading into hammock/pine-oak forests on Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia [57].

Climate: Although most common as an escaped cultivar in the southern United States, golden bamboo survives in climates as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia, in the West and Buffalo, New York, in the East [3]. Golden bamboo plants tolerate temperatures as low as -4 °F (-18 °C) [13,51]. Golden bamboo escapes occur on Cumberland Island, Georgia, where the climate is subtropical. Summers are hot and humid and winters are short and mild. The average high and low monthly temperatures are 81 °F (27 °C) and 54 °F (12 °C). Annual precipitation averages 51 inches (1,295 mm), and rains are generally heavy from September to October [57].

Elevation: In China, golden bamboo stands occur at elevations of up to 3,300 feet (1,000 m) in the southeast and up to 6,600 feet (2,000 m) in the southwest [13,51]. As of 2009, elevation tolerances for golden bamboo were not reported for the United States.

Soils: Golden bamboo growth is considered best in rich, deep, well-drained sands [13,51], although the Southeastern Exotic Pest Plant Council reports "vigorous" golden bamboo growth and spread in moist, deep loams [43]. In southwestern Louisiana, golden bamboo occurs in prairies with poorly drained silt loam to clay soils [14]. Although golden bamboo may persist on a variety of soils, stem diameter and height are likely reduced in fine textured and/or poorly drained soils [13].

  • 3. Barkworth, Mary E.; Capels, Kathleen M.; Long, Sandy; Anderton, Laurel K.; Piep, Michael B., eds. 2007. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Volume 24: Magnoliophyta: Commelinidae (in part): Poaceae, part 1. New York: Oxford University Press. 911 p. [68092]
  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 14. Dutton, Bryan E.; Thomas, R. Dale. 1991. The vascular flora of Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Castanea. 56(1): 1-37. [73744]
  • 57. Zomlefer, Wendy B.; Giannasi, David E.; Bettinger, Kelly A.; Echols, S. Lee; Kruse, Lisa M. 2008. Vascular plant survey of Cumberland Island National Seashore, Camden County, Georgia. Castanea. 73(4): 251-282. [75096]
  • 1. Alabama Invasive Plant Council. 2007. List of Alabama's invasive plants by land-use and water-use sectors. Alabama Invasive Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.se-eppc.org/alabama/2007plantlist.pdf [2009, January 5]. [72714]
  • 28. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 2007. Phyllostachys aurea Carr. ex. A. & C. Rivire, [Online]. In: Invasive plant database. In: Texasinvasives.org. Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (Producer). Available: http://texasinvasives.org/invasives_database/detail_print.php?symbol=PHAU8 [2009, December 1]. [76103]
  • 36. Miller, James H. 2003. Nonnative invasive plants of southern forests: A field guide for identification and control. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-62. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 93 p. Available online: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs062/ [2004, December 10]. [50788]
  • 43. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 2003. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council invasive plant manual, [Online]. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.invasive.org/eastern/eppc/index.html [2005, August 10]. [54193]
  • 51. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER). 2008. Species description or overview: Phyllostachys aurea Riviere & C. Riviere, Poaceae, [Online]. In: Species info--plants. In: Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk. Puunene, HI: Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) (Producer). Available: http://www.hear.org/pier/species/phyllostachys_aurea.htm [2009, December 1]. [75874]

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Key Plant Community Associations

In its native China, golden bamboo grows in deciduous and coniferous forests [43],
which are common habitats in the United States as well. Golden bamboo has invaded secondary forests, forest clearings, and forest edges in Texas [28]. Although rare in
southwestern Louisiana, golden bamboo is reported in both prairies and pine woodlands [14].
On the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Camden County, Georgia, golden bamboo is spreading vegetatively from roadsides into hammock/pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) forests [57]. In South Carolina,
golden bamboo occurs in the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain [42].
  • 14. Dutton, Bryan E.; Thomas, R. Dale. 1991. The vascular flora of Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Castanea. 56(1): 1-37. [73744]
  • 57. Zomlefer, Wendy B.; Giannasi, David E.; Bettinger, Kelly A.; Echols, S. Lee; Kruse, Lisa M. 2008. Vascular plant survey of Cumberland Island National Seashore, Camden County, Georgia. Castanea. 73(4): 251-282. [75096]
  • 28. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 2007. Phyllostachys aurea Carr. ex. A. & C. Rivire, [Online]. In: Invasive plant database. In: Texasinvasives.org. Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (Producer). Available: http://texasinvasives.org/invasives_database/detail_print.php?symbol=PHAU8 [2009, December 1]. [76103]
  • 42. South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council. 2008. Invasive plant list, [Online]. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.se-eppc.org/southcarolina/SCEPPC_LIST_offical_2008.xls [2009, January 5]. [72717]
  • 43. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 2003. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council invasive plant manual, [Online]. Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (Producer). Available: http://www.invasive.org/eastern/eppc/index.html [2005, August 10]. [54193]

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Habitat & Distribution

* Forests, widely cultivated as an ornamental. Fujian, Zhejiang [introduced into many other countries as an ornamental].
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Foodplant / parasite
hypophyllous pustule of uredium of Puccinia longicornis parasitises live leaf of Phyllostachys aurea

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General Ecology

Fire Management Considerations

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Preventing postfire establishment and spread: Golden bamboo seedling establishment is unlikely on burned sites, because golden bamboo rarely produces seed. However, sources indicate that golden bamboo spreads rapidly from rhizomes following disturbances [36,50]. If established golden bamboo clones occur in or near burned areas, increased clone size or rhizome spread should be expected.

Preventing invasive plants from establishing in weed-free burned areas is the most effective and least costly management method. This may be accomplished through early detection and eradication, careful monitoring and follow-up, and limiting dispersal of invasive plant seed into burned areas. General recommendations for preventing postfire establishment and spread of invasive plants include:

  • Incorporate cost of weed prevention and management into fire rehabilitation plans
  • Acquire restoration funding
  • Include weed prevention education in fire training
  • Minimize soil disturbance and vegetation removal during fire suppression and rehabilitation activities
  • Minimize the use of retardants that may alter soil nutrient availability, such as those containing nitrogen and phosphorus
  • Avoid areas dominated by high priority invasive plants when locating firelines, monitoring camps, staging areas, and helibases
  • Clean equipment and vehicles prior to entering burned areas
  • Regulate or prevent human and livestock entry into burned areas until desirable site vegetation has recovered sufficiently to resist invasion by undesirable vegetation
  • Monitor burned areas and areas of significant disturbance or traffic from management activity
  • Detect weeds early and eradicate before vegetative spread and/or seed dispersal
  • Eradicate small patches and contain or control large infestations within or adjacent to the burned area
  • Reestablish vegetation on bare ground as soon as possible
  • Avoid use of fertilizers in postfire rehabilitation and restoration
  • Use only certified weed-free seed mixes when revegetation is necessary

For more detailed information on these topics see the following publications: [2,5,18,52].

Use of prescribed fire as a control agent: Prescribed fire alone is unlikely to control golden bamboo, since stems sprout after fire [38], and rhizome growth is stimulated by disturbances [36,50]. Fire may be useful in preparing a site for herbicide treatments [38]. MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS SPECIES: Phyllostachys aurea

FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS:
None

OTHER STATUS:
Information on state-level noxious weed status of plants in the United States is available at Plants Database.

Because primary literature and original research on golden bamboo are lacking, the following summary relied heavily on information presented in other reviews [1,8,13,25,28,33,36,43,44,50,51]. Information in these reviews often lacked supporting documentation and details. Additional research on golden bamboo is necessary before the information in this and other reviews can be properly assessed for accuracy and completeness.

IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE:
Birds and small mammals are reported to feed on bamboo seed (Tribe Bambuseae). High levels of seed predation are considered a reason for mass synchronous seeding by bamboos [25]. However, seed production by golden bamboo is rare [12,13].

OTHER USES:
Young golden bamboo shoots are occasionally utilized as food by humans [13], but more often mature golden bamboo stems are used in construction. Golden bamboo stems have been used to make canes, fishing poles, fishing nets, ski poles, javelins, irrigation pipes, musical instruments, furniture, and umbrella and fan handles [3,8,13].

IMPACTS AND CONTROL:
Impacts: Most predictions and descriptions of golden bamboo's impacts on native vegetation and riparian areas are anecdotal (e.g., [16,28,42]). Although many suggest that impacts are likely because of aggressive growth and spread, detailed study and documentation are lacking.

In many areas, golden bamboo is still primarily restricted to urban areas and original planting sites. Because of golden bamboo's rapid growth, it has often been used as a visual and noise barrier in landscapes [33]. However, many states recognize golden bamboo as a threat to native habitat structure and function because growth and spread of established clones can be extensive. In 2009, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council ranked golden bamboo a Category II invasive plant, which is a nonnative plant that has increased in abundance or frequency but has not altered plant communities extensively [15]. As of 2006, the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council considered golden bamboo a "moderate" problem based on its invasion of native plant communities and displacement of native plant species [16]. In 2008, golden bamboo was listed as a "severe threat" to the "composition, structure, or function of natural areas in South Carolina" [42].

Spread of established golden bamboo clones has resulted in a loss of native vegetation in Hawaii [44] and Texas. In Texas, golden bamboo may also disrupt riparian ecosystem processes [28]. Although grown in Hawaii for many years, golden bamboo was not noticed in native plant communities until 1992 when it spread from a roadside planting in Kailua, Oahu. The clone came to occupy more than an acre of a hillside and excluded most other native vegetation [44]. In Texas, escaped golden bamboo plants are most common in the Lower Galveston Bay watershed near Houston's urban and residential communities. The Texas Invasive Plant Pest Council (TIPPC) reports that established golden bamboo clones have "aggressive" growth rates and sprouting abilities. Spread can be rapid in all directions from the point of establishment. Although documentation and details are lacking, the TIPPC suggests that golden bamboo clones can displace native vegetation, alter habitat structure, and impact litter-feeding stream invertebrates. Golden bamboo is also thought to attract cockroaches in urban areas [28]. For additional information about the introduction and spread of golden bamboo in its US range, see the discussion on Local spread.

Control: Control of nonnative species is most effective when it employs a long-term, ecosystem-wide strategy rather than a tactical approach focused on an individual species [34]. When targeting a nonnative species for control, the potential for other invasive species to fill their void must be considered, regardless of the control method [6]. Because golden bamboo grows and spreads most rapidly after a clone is established [28,44], control is likely most effective on new populations or plantings [31].

Fire: For information on the use of prescribed fire to control this species, see Fire Management Considerations.

Prevention: Increasing public awareness, limiting nursery sales, and constructing barriers around established clumps may be useful in preventing golden bamboo establishment and spread. As of 2008, golden bamboo was still available for sale from garden centers and nurseries. The Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants recommends designing a program that educates the public about golden bamboo's aggressive growth habit, discourages its planting and use in landscaping, and cautions people about its ability to spread into and negatively affect native vegetation [33]. Spread of established plants from landscape plantings may be prevented or slowed by digging a 3-foot (1 m) deep barrier around golden bamboo clumps [28].

It is commonly argued that the most cost-efficient and effective method of managing invasive species is by preventing their establishment and spread through the maintenance of "healthy" natural communities [34,41,49] and by continual monitoring [26]. Maintaining the integrity of the native plant community and mitigating the factors that enhance ecosystem invasibility are likely to be more effective than managing solely to control the invader [21].

Weed prevention and control can be incorporated into many types of management plans, including those for logging and site preparation, grazing allotments, recreation management, research projects, road building and maintenance, and fire management [52]. See the Guide to noxious weed prevention practices [52] for specific guidelines in preventing the spread of weed seeds and propagules under different management conditions.

Cultural control: No information is available on this topic (2009).

Physical or mechanical control: Repeated cutting or mowing in golden bamboo stands may kill plants by exhausting rhizome nutrient stores. It is recommended that stems be cut close to the ground. Cutting or mowing should be repeated throughout the growing season and will likely be necessary for several years [28,33,50].

Biological control: As of 2009, no insects or pathogens have been released to control golden bamboo, and reports of biological control investigations were lacking.

Many factors must be considered and evaluated before biological controls are released. Refer to these sources: [54,55] and the Weed control methods handbook [48] for background information and important considerations for developing and implementing biological control programs.

Chemical control: Cutting golden bamboo stems prior to herbicide applications may increase herbicide effectiveness. Applications are recommended when sprouts are leafing out and outdoor temperatures exceed 65 °F (18 °C) [33]. Herbicides may be most effective when applied to the wounded bases of cut stems [36]. Information on herbicides that may be effective in controlling golden bamboo can be found in the following references: [10,33].

While herbicides are effective in gaining initial control of a new invasion or a severe infestation, rarely do they provide a complete or long-term weed management solution [7]. See the Weed control methods handbook [48] for considerations on the use of herbicides in natural areas and detailed information on specific chemicals.

Integrated management: No information is available on this topic (2009).

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Fuels and Fire Regimes

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Altered fire frequency, severity, or behavior in habitats invaded by golden bamboo was not described in the available literature (2009). David Taylor, a botanist for the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, reports that fire spread is unlikely in bottomland habitats where golden bamboo grows, unless the area experiences an extreme drought. In extreme drought conditions, Taylor suggests golden bamboo may fuel a "fire storm". In an experiment, dry golden bamboo leaves and stems burned "hot" (personal communication [47]).

Although fire behavior and severity in golden bamboo stands have not been studied or reported in detail, pictures below suggest that stand and fuel structure can vary by time since cutting and/or site conditions. Although the golden bamboo stand in the picture on the left lacks basal leaves, fire is likely to carry through these stands if there are dead stem and leaves present on the ground. Flames typically reach the leafy canopy, producing "spectacular" fires. Stems make popping sounds as the moisture in the nodes is heated and expands to split open the nodes [38].


Golden bamboo stand at least 10 years old that was cut to the ground at least 5 years before this photo was taken. Loss of basal leaves and surface litter accumulations are typical in dense stands [38].


Golden bamboo stand at least 20 years old that was cut to the ground 3 years before this photo was taken. Smaller leafier plants are likely the result of recent cutting [38].
Both photos taken in late spring or early summer
Photos © Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

See the Fire Regime Table for further information on fire regimes of vegetation communities in which golden bamboo may occur.

  • 38. Moorhead, David J. 2009. [Email to Corey L. Gucker]. October 28. Regarding questions about Phyllostachys aurea photos. Tifton, GA: University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. On file with: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, MT; FEIS files. [76818]
  • 47. Taylor, David D. 2009. [Email to Corey L. Gucker]. October 22. Regarding fire and Phyllostachys aurea. Winchester, KY: Daniel Boone National Forest. On file with: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, MT; FEIS files. [76741]

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Successional Status

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Successional studies in habitats invaded by golden bamboo were lacking as of the writing of this review (2009). Golden bamboo growth is considered best in full sun conditions, but plants may persist in shade [33]. In the hottest climates, shade may improve golden bamboo growth [43].

Several sources indicate that golden bamboo's presence and spread are associated with disturbances. Although golden bamboo is rare in Seminole County, Florida, it is reported on disturbed sites [56]. Rapid spread by rhizomes can be stimulated by disturbances [36,50].

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Vegetative regeneration

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Rhizome growth by golden bamboo clones can result in the development of dense thickets and colonies [12,31,43]. A single golden bamboo clump can produce up to 9.3 miles (15 km) of stems in its lifetime [8]. Golden bamboo "once established, is very aggressive in both its rate of growth as well as the sprouting of new stems". Spread is often "rapid" in all directions from the point of establishment [28].

Golden bamboo sprouts after cutting [50], and dispersal is primarily through vegetative means. Researchers suspect that golden bamboo may be dispersed by rhizome fragments discarded in yard waste [31].

  • 8. Canadian Museum of Nature. 1998. Portrait of biodiversity--Bamboo: Phyllostachys aurea. Global Biodiversity. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Nature. 7(4): 18. [75885]
  • 12. Diggs, George M., Jr.; Lipscomb, Barney L.; O'Kennon, Robert J. 1999. Illustrated flora of north-central Texas. Sida Botanical Miscellany, No. 16. Fort Worth, TX: Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 1626 p. [35698]
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Seed production

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Reports vary on the likelihood of flowering and the fate of golden bamboo clones after flowering. Most reports indicate that golden bamboo produces masses of flowers sporadically and synchronously, but reported intervals between mass flowering events range from 7 to 30 years ([13,36], Keesing personal communication cited in [25]). Janzen [25] indicates that bamboos are strictly monocarpic, and clumps destined to flower do not produce new stems in the year prior to flowering. Other researchers [13,20] report that golden bamboo clumps do not die after flowering. Hisamoto and Kobayashi [20] indicated that aboveground stems died after flowering but rhizomes did not. After flowering, rhizomes were capable of sprouting. If sprouts produced variegated leaves, the stems flowered again and died, but if sprouts produced nonvariegated leaves, the stem ceased to flower but continued vegetative growth [20]. It is possible that stem death and plant death have been confused in golden bamboo reviews.

Variable flowering intervals are reported from several native and nonnative golden bamboo habitats. Although golden bamboo has been observed for decades in Texas, flowering has been rare [28]. Just a single flowering specimen was reported in north-central Texas [12]. Based on observations made on golden bamboo plants in Europe, Keesing suggests that plants produce masses of seed at 14- to 19-year intervals (personal communication cited in [25]). Dransfield and Widjaja [13] report that bamboo flowering occurs at 15- to 30-year intervals. Naturalized golden bamboo populations in Java, Indonesia, never flowered, and flowering in Japan occurred from 1916 to 1921 [13].

  • 12. Diggs, George M., Jr.; Lipscomb, Barney L.; O'Kennon, Robert J. 1999. Illustrated flora of north-central Texas. Sida Botanical Miscellany, No. 16. Fort Worth, TX: Botanical Research Institute of Texas. 1626 p. [35698]
  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 20. Hisamoto, Yoko; Kobayashi, Mikio. 2007. Comparison of nucleotide sequences of fragments from rice FLOWERING LOCUS T (RFT1) homologues in Phyllostachys (Bambusoideae, Poaceae) with particular reference to flowering behaviour. Kew Bulletin. 62(3): 463. [75881]
  • 25. Janzen, Daniel H. 1976. Why bamboos wait so long to flower. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 347-391. [63033]
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Regeneration Processes

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Although golden bamboo is capable of reproducing by seed, the rarity of flowering in the United States makes sexual reproduction unlikely. Vegetative spread occurs through rhizomes. The division of clumps and moving of rhizome fragments are the primary methods of golden bamboo reproduction [25,51].
  • 25. Janzen, Daniel H. 1976. Why bamboos wait so long to flower. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 347-391. [63033]
  • 51. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER). 2008. Species description or overview: Phyllostachys aurea Riviere & C. Riviere, Poaceae, [Online]. In: Species info--plants. In: Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk. Puunene, HI: Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) (Producer). Available: http://www.hear.org/pier/species/phyllostachys_aurea.htm [2009, December 1]. [75874]

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Growth Form (according to Raunkiær Life-form classification)

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Raunkiaer [40] life form:
Phanerophyte
Geophyte
  • 40. Raunkiaer, C. 1934. The life forms of plants and statistical plant geography. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 632 p. [2843]

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Life Form

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Graminoid

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Fire Regime Table

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Seed dispersal, seed banking, and germination

Seed dispersal, seed banking, and germination: Because seed production is rare, information on seed dispersal, seed banking, and germination was lacking as of the writing of this review (2009). Seeds produced by golden bamboo germinate once mature and moist. While dry seeds may sit dormant for several months, it is thought that viability is lost over time and that golden bamboo seeds lack any long-term dormancy [25].
  • 25. Janzen, Daniel H. 1976. Why bamboos wait so long to flower. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 347-391. [63033]

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Pollination and breeding system

Pollination and breeding system: Information specific to golden bamboo pollination and breeding was lacking as of the writing of this review (2009). Bamboo (Tribe Bambuseae) flowers are wind pollinated. Evidence suggests that flowers are cross pollinated, suggesting that isolated clones may produce little or no seed [25].
  • 25. Janzen, Daniel H. 1976. Why bamboos wait so long to flower. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 347-391. [63033]

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Seedling establishment and plant growth

Seedling establishment and plant growth: While golden bamboo plants can be produced from seed, this is rare.

Vegetative growth from established clones can be rapid. Stems may reach full height within 1 month of emergence [13]. Golden bamboo stem growth was monitored in a plantation on Japan's Kyoto University campus. On 20 May, stems were about 20 inches (50 cm) tall, and by 24 June, stems were about 280 inches (700 cm) tall [46].

  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 46. Suzuki, Kiyoshi; Itoh, Takao. 2001. The changes in cell wall architecture during lignification of bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea Carr. Trees. 15(3): 137-147. [75884]

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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Phenology

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Golden bamboo stems generally emerge in the spring. In China, stems of established clones emerge in April and can reach their full height in a month [13]. Flowering is rare [28,44], and reports indicate that golden bamboo flowers sporadically and gregariously [13,36]. Some reports suggest that golden bamboo plants die after flowering [25,28], while others dispute this claim [13]. For a more complete discussion on this topic, see Seed production.
  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 25. Janzen, Daniel H. 1976. Why bamboos wait so long to flower. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 347-391. [63033]
  • 44. Staples, George W.; Imada, Clyde T.; Herbst, Derral R. 2002. New Hawaiian plant records for 2000. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers. 68: 3-18. [75875]
  • 28. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 2007. Phyllostachys aurea Carr. ex. A. & C. Rivire, [Online]. In: Invasive plant database. In: Texasinvasives.org. Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (Producer). Available: http://texasinvasives.org/invasives_database/detail_print.php?symbol=PHAU8 [2009, December 1]. [76103]
  • 36. Miller, James H. 2003. Nonnative invasive plants of southern forests: A field guide for identification and control. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-62. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 93 p. Available online: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs062/ [2004, December 10]. [50788]

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Phyllostachys aurea

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Public Records: 5
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Management

Prevention and Control

Do not plant exotic bamboos. While manual control of bamboo through cutting and digging out of rhizomes is possible, it is extremely labor intensive and will need to be continued over a long time to ensure eradication. Control with herbicides is more practical and can be very effective.

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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Risks

Ecological Threat in the United States

Bamboos can form very dense single-species thickets that displace native plant species and create dense shade that makes it difficult for seedlings of native species to survive. Once established, they can be very difficult to eradicate.

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Wikipedia

Phyllostachys aurea

Phyllostachys aurea, golden bamboo or fishpole bamboo, is a bamboo species in the genus Phyllostachys native to Fujian and Zheijang in China. It is a 'running bamboo' type.

Other vernacular names include: fairyland bamboo (Aust.), and monk's belly bamboo.

Cultivation[edit]

Phyllostachys aurea is cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens. It is the most commonly cultivated bamboo in the United States. It is a cold hardy bamboo, performing well in USDA Plantzones 6 to 10, (Connecticut to Florida). [1]

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]

Cultivars[edit]

Cultivars include:

  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Flavescens Inversa' - some lower culms may show a pale yellow stripe on the sulcus
  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa' - common name "golden golden", culms turn yellow/gold sooner than the type form, random leaves have a yellow stripe
  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Koi' - culms turn yellow but sulcus stays green, random leaves have a yellow stripe
  • Phyllostachys aurea 'Takemurai' - culms grow taller and lack the compressed internodes of the type form

Uses[edit]

P. Aurea's lush foliage make desirable for ornamental purposes and privacy hedges; and its characteristic 'knotty' compressed lower internodes render it desirable among collectors.[3]

This bamboo is great for making bamboo pipes.

Identification and growth habit[edit]

P. aurea common forms are easily identified by their characteristic compressed internodes in the lower part of the canes which have a tortoiseshell-like appearance(see photo: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/76/Golden_Bamboo_%28Phyllostachys_Aureosulcata%29_Compressed_Internodes.jpg). This internodal compression result in shorter heights (25' +/-) and thicker cane diameters (relative to height) than many other Phyllostachys species.[4]

The canes will turn yellow in full or partial sun, and deepen into a gold-orange color as the plant matures. Branching and foliage tend to start lower to the ground than many other Phyllostachys, but some prefer to cut off lower branches to show off the interesting 'tortoise shell' lower part of the canes (see photo). [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cape May Bamboo - Phyllostachys Aurea (Golden Bamboo)". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Phyllostachys aurea". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cape May Bamboo - Phyllostachys Aurea (Golden Bamboo)". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Cape May Bamboo - Phyllostachys Aurea (Golden Bamboo)". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Cape May Bamboo - Phyllostachys Aurea (Golden Bamboo)". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
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Notes

Comments

Culms with irregular basal internodes are used for walking sticks, umbrella handles, and fishing rods.
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Names and Taxonomy

Taxonomy

The scientific name of golden bamboo is Phyllostachys aurea Carrière ex. A. Rivière & C. Rivière (Poaceae) [27]. Golden bamboo belongs to the
Bambusoideae subfamily (Ascher. & Graeb.), Bambusae tribe (Nees),
and Shibateinae subtribe [13].
  • 13. Dransfield, S.; Widjaja, E. A., eds. 1995. Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 7: Bamboos. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers. 189 p. [76125]
  • 27. Kartesz, John T. 1999. A synonymized checklist and atlas with biological attributes for the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 1st ed. In: Kartesz, John T.; Meacham, Christopher A. Synthesis of the North American flora (Windows Version 1.0), [CD-ROM]. Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina Botanical Garden (Producer). In cooperation with: The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service; U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. [36715]

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Common Names

golden bamboo

fish-pole bamboo

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