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Bamboo...or what?

Posted by najoba 8b ( on
Wed, Jul 24, 13 at 9:42

When we were in San Antonio TX at the Riverwalk, I saw a large plant that was growing in segments around 8-10" in length, like bamboo. The segments were green. But the leaves were big and round, looking nothing like any bamboo I've ever seen. Since it does get cold enough for freezing weather in that area, it must be able enough to survive cold temperatures.

It was a very pretty plant, and you really didn't see the bamboo-like segments unless you looked closely, as the big leaves prevented that, except on close inspection.

Does anyone have any idea what kind of plant that could be?


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RE: Bamboo...or what?

Did you take a pic? There are many kinds of bamboo but I don't think any has round leaves. Kind of sounds like Optunia cactus but I think you would have mentioned thorns. Maybe it was something like Canna, banana, bird-of-paradise plant?

RE: Bamboo...or what?

  • Posted by edie_h 5aNY (Finger Lakes) (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 7, 13 at 20:35

Could it have been Japanese knotweed? Do a search for photos of Fallopia japonica or Polygonum cuspidatum (synonyms) and see if that looks familiar. You do not want it. Even up here it is invasive and threatens native ecosystems.
There's a big clump of the stuff in the backyard of my new apartment. The landlord referred to it as "bamboo."

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