Fargesia rufa

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Fargesia rufa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Fargesia
Species: F. rufa
Binomial name
Fargesia rufa
T.P.Yi 1985

Fargesia rufa is a woody bamboo native to western China. It is known in Chinese as qingchuan jianzhu (Chinese: ; pinyin: qīngchuānjiǎnzhú), meaning "Qingchuan Fargesia", Qingchuan being a county within the prefecture-level city of Guangyuan in the north of Sichuan. It is found at high elevations in the north of this province as well is in the south of Gansu. The plant is a significant source of food for the giant panda.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

F.rufa is commonly used as a ornamental plant outside of its natural range due to its compact habit and hardiness. Like all other species of the genus Fargesia, F.rufa displays a non-invasive clumping habit. Compared to F. murielae and F. nitida, F. rufa has twice the growth rate and responds faster to damage inflicted by herbivores and or the environment. It is propagated chiefly by division of the rhizome.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Li, De-Zhu; Guo, Zhenhua; Stapleton, Chris (2007), "Fargesia rufa", in Wu, Z. Y.; Raven, P.H.; Hong, D.Y., Flora of China, 22, Beijing: Science Press; St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, p. 81, retrieved 2007-07-14