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Borinda utilis 

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Borinda utilis (T. P. Yi) Stapleton, Sida 22(1): 332. 2006

 Synonym: Fargesia utilis T. P. Yi, J. Bamboo Res. 7(2): 28. 1988.   

  Missouri Botanical Garden's Tropicos Database of Names  TROPICOS

    International Plant Names Index   IPNI

   Multilingual Multiscript Plant Names Database  MMPND

 Electronic Plant Identification CentreElectronic Plant Identification Centre  KEW

Plants forming dense to open clumps. Rhizomes pachymorph, neck 5–10 cm long, 1.8–2.5 cm in diam. Culms to 4 m, 1.5–2.5 cm in diam., basally curving out and upwards, apically very pendulous; internodes 15–17(–20) cm, cylindrical, initially slightly white-powdery, longitudinal ribs absent, wall 2.5–5 mm thick; nodes with prominent supra-nodal ridge, with prominent, glabrous or initially slightly setose sheath scar; branches 7–18, deflexed, short, branchlets very dense. Culm sheaths persistent, narrowly triangular to rounded, longer than internodes, leathery, sometimes lightly white-powdery and sparsely yellow-brown setose, shoulders with steep triangular projections, longitudinal ribs conspicuous; auricles and oral setae absent; ligule irregular, steeply arcuate, glabrous; blade narrowly triangular to linear-lanceolate, erect or revolute, level, glabrous. Leaves 1–2 per ultimate branch; sheath glabrous; auricles and oral setae absent; ligule truncate, glabrous; blade narrowly lanceolate, 4–10 0.5–1 cm, basally broadly cuneate, secondary veins 2–3-paired, margins serrulate, transverse veins indistinct. Synflorescence unknown, shooting Aug. Name derived from the Latin utilis, for the high utility of the species.

Dense cascading foliage from thick-walled curving culms. Shoots are edible and highly favoured by humans and squirrels alike, while the thick-walled culms are used for making furniture in China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source in Google Earth Borinda utilis was sent as Tung Chuan #3 from Dongchuan in Yunnan Province of China in 1979 by Prof Xue Ji-Ru of Southwest Forestry University, to Max Riedelsheimer in Germany, who later identified it as Fargesia utilis.

[albocerea] [angustissima] [contracta] [frigidorum] [frigidorum aff] [fungosa] [macclureana] [nujiangensis] [papyrifera] [perlonga] [sp. Internet Seed] [utilis]