Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Arrow Bamboo - Pseudosasa japonica   (Siebold & Zuccarini ex Steudel) Makino ex NakaiOnly member of Pseudosasa in NC.
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Author(Siebold & Zuccarini ex Steudel) Makino ex Nakai
DistributionSo far found in 3 counties: Chatham, Orange, and Buncombe. Likely to occur elsewhere.

Native of Japan; in N.A. scattered locations in the eastern U.S. and B.C.
AbundanceApparently rare.
HabitatAlong streams and rivers within mixed forest.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-May.
IdentificationArrow Bamboo differs from the genus Phyllostachys in having round or slightly flattened stem internodes (vs. having a distinct groove lengthwise). From native Arundinaria species, the stems are a maximum of 1.5 cm thick (vs. up to 3 cm in those species), and the stem leaves are persistent and without auricles (vs. persistent or deciduous and with auricles).
Taxonomic CommentsNone.

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