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Sacred bamboo is native to Asia, occurring in India, Japan, and China . It was introduced to North America through cultivation as an ornamental [14,23,50,79] in the early 1800s (, review by ), escaping cultivation in some areas ([14,26,50,74,79], review by ). As of this writing (2009), sacred bamboo has a limited distribution in the southeastern United States, occurring from Texas east to Florida and north to Virginia. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data from forests in 12 southern states detected it in forests in 9 states, with highest estimated coverage in forests of Tennessee .
|Estimated acres covered by sacred bamboo in forests in the southern United States, summed from subplots within each state using the Southern Research Station's FIA database from 15 March 2008 .|
Because sacred bamboo occurs in plant communities other than forests inventoried by the Southern Research Station, overall state distributional patterns likely differ from those suggested from these data. Plants Database provides a distribution map of sacred bamboo.