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Shibataea kumasaca
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Bambusoideae
Tribe: Arundinarieae
Subtribe: Arundinariinae
Genus: Shibataea
Makino ex Nakai
Type species
Shibataea kumasaca[1][2]

Shibataea is a genus of Chinese bamboo in the grass family.[3][2][4]

It is a unique shorter bamboo with dark green leaves. This genus of small bamboos are more closely related to the genus Phyllostachys than other small bamboos. An excellent tall groundcover or short hedge, this species is especially suited to climates similar to that of the Pacific Northwest since it dislikes dry climates. The bamboo does not do well with alkaline or water-logged soil. It needs acidic conditions to prevent leaf burn. It is sometimes called Ruscus-leaved bamboo, as the shape of the leaves resembles that of the genus Ruscus. This bamboo is very resistant to bamboo mites. It is used to make canes.[5]

  1. Shibataea chiangshanensis T.H.Wen - Zhejiang
  2. Shibataea chinensis Nakai - Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Zhejiang
  3. Shibataea hispida McClure - Anhui, Zhejiang
  4. Shibataea kumasasa (Zoll. ex Steud.) Makino (alternate spelling S. kumasaca) - Fujian, Zhejiang; cultivated in Japan and in other parts of China
  5. Shibataea lancifolia C.H.Hu - Fujian, Zhejiang
  6. Shibataea nanpingensis Q.F.Zheng & K.F.Huang - Fujian
  7. Shibataea strigosa T.H.Wen - Jiangxi, Zhejiang