What kind of black bamboo is this..

herveyJune 12, 2010

I have some black bamboo growing in a large patio container. I'm not sure what kind it is, its got a new growth popping up now and its a beautiful red color. Any ideas what type of black bamboo this is? I've got photos to share but i'm not sure how to upload a photo on this site.

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kentuck_8b(__)

You can upload a photo in the gallery from your computer, or here using Photobucket or similar online photo storage site.

Are some of the culms already black?

Kt

    Bookmark   June 12, 2010 at 10:29PM
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hervey

No its still coming up and is a beautiful red color.
Here is the photo of it. I was told it was a bambusa lako but the ones i've seen online don't come up red like mine.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 1:20PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

It does not look like my lako either.

Another possibility is Gigantochloa atroviolacea aka TROPICAL BLACK. However I don't recall the new shoots being red either.

Mine will shoot in a month or so and I'll let you know.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 2:57PM
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hervey

I know for sure it's not a Gigantochloa atroviolacea. It will be intersting to find out what it acutally is :-)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 4:58PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

How do you know that it's not G. atroviolacea?

The only newly emerging culm that I know of with that reddish colour is Guadua velutina, but it is not a black bamboo.

Interesting...

How large are the leaves?

Kt

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 7:53PM
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hervey

I'm 99% sure its not Gigantochloa atroviolacea. The photos i've seen online don't look anything like my bamboo.
I'll upload another image of the leaves with measurements. This is very intersting :-)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 10:56PM
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hervey

Here is a photo of the leaves. They measure

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 11:12PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

The leaves look more like Lako than G atro.

Interesting though,...the culms in your first pic look more like G. atro than my B. lako.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 9:50AM
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hervey

I can't find any photos online of a lako with red new growth. I think i might have a special breed :-)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 12:25PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

hervey-
That's a beautiful photo. I suggest you post this on the Bamboo Identification forum at www.bambooweb.info (you'll need to register, but it's free). They have a lot of members who are knowledgeable about more exotic bamboo, such as yours.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bamboo ID

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 2:00PM
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hervey

Thanks kudzu9, i'll sign up and post some pics now. I'm very interested in finding out what it is now that i've stumped the people here :-)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 2:49PM
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