Buddha Belly Bamboo   
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Buddha Belly Bamboo
Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Buddha Belly Bamboo, Buddha Bamboo
Botanical name: Bambusa tuldoides Munro    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Bambusa ventricosa

Buddha Belly Bamboo is an evergreen, perennial bamboo. Leaves are simple, linear, 5-7 inches long and dark green. The leaves are attached in groups, whorled. This one is a very leafy bamboo. The stems are dark green, tall, arching and often branched. When grown in containers or under dry conditions, it will become dwarf with swollen, decorative internodes. These swollen internodes inspired the common name. The new shoots are protected by a sheath, which at the point and in general is rounded and smooth. Bamboo flowering is somewhat mysterious - plants usually are 2-7 years old when it begins, though it is not known if age, conditions or a combination of both instigates the flower. Flowers are typical grass flowers, held in compressed spikelets at the nodes.

Photographed in Lodhi Garden, Delhi.
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