Plants spreading widely and forming dense thickets. Culms to 0.5-2 m tall, to 3-8 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, thin, adaxially matt or slightly glossy, glabrous, abaxial matt, uniformly scabrous and distally sparsely long-pilose; 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. Flowered in the 1990s and died in cultivation. Only a few seedlings were raised, and they seem reluctant to exceed about 75 cm in ht.
Sent to Germany by Prof. Xue Ji-Ru as Sinarundinaria parviflora sp. nov., and identified there as Bashania faberi by Max Riedelsheimer. Recognized as also being the same species as the bamboo known as Bashania fangiana in Wolong Panda Reserve by Julian Campbell, and subsequently grown under that name, but as the name fangiana was published after the name faberi, it would consequently be a synonym of Sarocalamus faberi if they are indeed the same species. More detailed investigations are definitely 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 in Sichuan, and with the type of A. faberi (the precise collection locality of which is unknown).
Bamboos with larger leaves grown as Bashania faberi or Gelidocalamus fangianus are of uncertain affinity.
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 in Dongchuan District