Bambusa yunnanensis N.H.Xia
Lingnania distegia (Keng & Keng f.) Keng f.
Lingnania fujianensis T.P.Yi & J.Y.Shi
Schizostachyum annulatum Hsueh & W.P.Zhang
Sinocalamus distegius Keng & Keng f.
Bambusa distegia is an evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with a short rhizome; the erect, thick-walled, woody stems grow around 5 - 10 metres tall, 30 - 50mm in diameter wall around 5 - 8mm thick, with internodes around 20 - 50cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of material for weaving.
E. Asia - southern China (Sichuan)
Hilly areas, streams; at elevations from 300 - 500 metres[
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The canes are used for weaving[
Seed - surface sow in containers as soon as it is ripe, preferably at a temperature around 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into containers when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a lightly shaded place until large enough to plant out. Plants only flower at intervals of many years and so seed is rarely available.
Division as new growth commences[
]. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[
Plants can be propagated vegetatively by rhizome, culm and branch cuttings. The propagules are raised in a nursery and after they have produced roots and developed rhizomes they are planted out in the field during the rainy season in pits filled with a mixture of compost and soil[
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