Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Golden Bamboo - Phyllostachys aurea   Carrière ex A. & C. Rivière
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AuthorCarrière ex A. & C. Rivière
DistributionMostly Sandhills, Piedmont, and Mountains; apparently rare on the Coastal Plain. Our specimens need to be double-checked for P. bambusoides.

Native of China; in N.A. scattered from NY and B.C. southward.
AbundanceUncommon. It is widely planted and persists in yards, escaping locally. Plants form dense thickets.
HabitatAbandoned lots, roadside thickets, suburban woodlands, streambanks, pastures, etc.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting rarely. A large population in Southern Pines, Moore Co., suddenly and completely died; and so it is presumed that it had flowered just prior.
IdentificationThis bamboo grows up to 30 feet high, each stem up to 2.5 inches thick. The stems eventually become dull yellow, after being a bright golden-yellow earlier. From P. bambusoides it differs in having dissimilar stem internode lengths (see Weakley 2018). See also the account for Pseudosasa japonica.
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