Chusquea quila

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Chusquea quila
Chusquea quila-rama.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Bambusoideae
Genus: Chusquea
Species: C. quila
Binomial name
Chusquea quila

Chusquea quila (Spanish: quila) is a perennial bamboo that grows in the humid temperate forests of Chile and Argentina.

In contrast to most bamboos, it grows as a dense, climbing or decumbent shrub. Its aerial culms are solid, unlike most bamboos, which have hollow culms. The quila is the only host that has the edible fungus "Changle" (Ramaria spp.) to symbiosis. Chusquea quila may form pure stands called quilantales occupying all the understory of a forest.

Flour can be prepared from its seeds and its shoots are edible.[1]


  1. ^ "Chusquea quila", Enciclopedia de la Flora Chilena (in Spanish), retrieved July 30, 2013