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Is this a bamboo?

Posted by winsorw 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 22, 13 at 17:30

Hello,
I visited the Iao valley state park in Hawaii last week and saw this ground cover. I think it's a bamboo but it could be grass. Anyone know what it is (specific name)? I forgot to take a close up picture.

Thanks.


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RE: Is this a bamboo?

Are the stems woody?


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RE: Is this a bamboo?

Hi spiros,
I didn't even look that close. My bad!


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RE: Is this a bamboo?

It looks to me like one of the dwarf running bamboos in the Pleioblastus genus, such as Pl. distichus 'Mini.' Go to www.bambooweb.info, check out the pictures for this species, and see what you think.


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RE: Is this a bamboo?

The dwarf bamboos that get 6"-12" tall don't typically have the woody stems that regular, larger bamboo have.


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Thank you Kudzu, I looked at those and I thought it could be a Pleioblastus too but I don't see anything that looks exactly like it. Perhaps it is something that won't grow in the PNW anyway.


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Maybe you can....

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.bamboogarden.com/Pleioblastus distichus.htm


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Those minis do grow in the PNW...I have several. However, they do look a little different sometimes when they are young as opposed to established.


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RE: Is this a bamboo?

Thank you both. The one I saw looked different (I think), but it could be like you said. I should try it. Thank you both again.


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