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Sasa veitchii

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See description in Kew's GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
See description in Kew's GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora

Sasa veitchii (Carrire) Rehder, J. Arnold Arbor. 1: 58. 1919.

Synonyms: Bambusa veitchii Carrire, Rev. Hort. 1888: 90. 1888; Arundinaria veitchii (Carrire) N. E. Br.; Phyllostachys bambusoides var. albomarginata Miq.; Sasa albomarginata (Miq.) Makino & Shibata.

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Culms 0.5-1.5 m tall, 0.5-0.7 cm thick; internodes 5.5-10 cm, glabrous, green, initially waxy, nodes not raised, branches single. Culm sheaths pilose with spreading hairs, particularly near the base; auricles and oral setae strongly to weakly developed or absent; blade small, reflexed. Leaf sheaths conspicuously glaucous when young; oral setae very short; blade 10-20 cm long, 3.5-5.5 cm wide, thickly papery, glabrous, with 7-9 pairs of secondary veins and a yellowish midrib, developing broad whitened dead margins in winter. Named after the Veitch family of 19th century London nurserymen.

In the smaller species of Sasa the distinction between culm sheaths and leaf sheaths is weak, and the characteristics of both are quite variable.

Native to Japan, where it is widely cultivated, Sasa veitchii has the most striking winter necrosis of leaf blade tips and margins of all Sasa species, and is usually planted mainly for its winter appeal. The best plants of this species are shorter, forming a more compact and neat carpet.

It is suspected that the bamboo from S Korea known as Sasa quelpaertensis may be conspecific and represent such a shorter, compact cultivar of S. veitchii, but questions of synonymy in Sasa species are highly complex and difficult to settle, because of the large number of names, the extensive synonymy proposed by different authors, and the difficulty in locating type material.

There are also cultivars of these species with variegated leaf blades, but variegation would only detract from the contrast between the dark green and the white borders.



[kurilensis] [palmata] [veitchii]