Cathariostachys madagascariensis

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Madagascar giant bamboo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Bambusoideae
Tribe: Bambuseae
Genus: Cathariostachys
Species: C. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Cathariostachys madagascariensis
S.Dransf., 1998
  • Cephalostachyum madagascariense A.Camus

Cathariostachys madagascariensis, the Madagascar giant bamboo or Volohosy in Malagasy language, is a bamboo species found in Madagascar.

It is the main food source for the bamboo lemurs, especially the golden bamboo lemur.[1] It contains cyanide, particularly in its growing shoots.[2]


  1. ^ Ballhorn, DJ; Kautz, S; Rakotoarivelo, FP (2009). "Quantitative variability of cyanogenesis in Cathariostachys madagascariensis-the main food plant of bamboo lemurs in Southeastern Madagascar". American Journal of Primatology. 71 (4): 305–15. doi:10.1002/ajp.20653. PMID 19132732. 
  2. ^ 152. Golden Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur aureus)

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