Plants spreading widely and forming dense thickets. Culms to 2 m tall, to 8 mm in diam., pluricaespitose, suberect; internodes terete, smooth, glossy with light wax below nodes, often purple-spotted when exposed; nodes with thin dark sheath scar; supranodal ridge absent, branches 3-4 at first, erect, precocious, basal internodes long. Culm sheaths thin, persistent, convexly attenuating to narrow apex, glabrous; auricles absent; oral setae scarce/absent; ligule arcuate, to 1 mm wide deep; blade small, lanceolate, deciduous, reflexed. Leaf sheaths persistent, glabrous, becoming red-purple above, margins membranous, glabrous or lightly ciliate at first; ligule obliquely truncate, c. 1 mm, glabrous and serrulate; auricles absent; oral setae scarce, deciduous, usually solitary, stout, erect or angular, 3-8 mm long; blade to 10 cm long, to 11 mm wide, glabrous, adaxially slightly glossy, abaxial matt; petiole glabrous. Named after Ernst Faber (1839-1899), German missionary and plant collector, who first collected it.
A small very hardy spreading bamboo with upright culms and relatively thin leaves.
Sent by Prof Xue as Sinarundinaria parviflora sp. nov., and identified as Bashania faberi by Max Riedelsheimer. Considered conspecific with Bashania fangiana from Wolong by Julian Campbell, and grown under that name, which having been published after the name faberi, would consequently be a synonym. More detailed investigations are required to compare this bamboo from E Yunnan with the similar bamboo in Wolong, Sichuan Province, the bamboo described as Arundinaria fangiana from Emei Shan, and with the type of A. faberi (precise collection locality unknown).
Collected by Prof Xue Ji-Ru and sent to Max Riedelsheimer in Germany from Dongchuan (Red soil) District of Yunnan Province, China, in 1979 as Tungchuan No. 2.
Photo of this bamboo? on Jiaozhi Mt, near collection area