Herbs & Plants

Bambusa oldhamii

Botanical Name : Bambusa oldhamii
Family: Poaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales
Genus: Bambusa
Species: B. oldhamii

*Arundarbor oldhamii (Munro) Kuntze
*Leleba oldhamii (Munro) Nakai
*Sinocalamus oldhamii (Munro) McClure
*Dendrocalamopsis oldhamii (Munro) Keng f.
*Bambusa atrovirens T.H.Wen
*Dendrocalamopsis atrovirens (T.H.Wen) Keng f. ex W.T.Lin
*Neosinocalamus revolutus (W.T.Lin & J.Y.Lin) T.H.Wen
*Bambusa revoluta (W.T.Lin & J.Y.Lin) N.H.Xia, R.H.Wang & R.S.Lin

Common Names: Ryoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham’s Bamboo

Bambusa oldhamii is native to the island of Taiwan and to southern China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Zhejiang). It is widely cultivated and has become naturalized in several places (Ryukyu Islands, New Zealand, Chiapas, Honduras, Peru, etc.) It grows on Plains.

Bambusa oldhamii is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 6 m (19ft 8in), with green culms reaching a maximum of 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. Shoots grow rapidly in warmer months. The branches are short and leaves long.


It has been introduced into cultivation around the world; it is grown under glass in Germany, and in Australia, Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Louisiana, and California, where it is the most common clumping bamboo grown. The maximum height in cultivation varies with the temperature. It tolerates temperatures down to -7 °C (20 °F).

Edible Uses:
Young shoots – cooked

Other Uses:
The cane walls are thick but rather soft. The canes are used as a source of pulp. In Taiwan and China, the young shoots of B. oldhamii are highly sought after due to their crisp texture and sweet taste. The culms are used for furniture making, but are not suited to construction.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only.


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