Moso Bamboo
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Moso Bamboo
E Introduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Moso Bamboo, Tortoise Shell Bamboo, Mouso Chiku
Botanical name: Phyllostachys edulis    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Bambusa edulis, Phyllostachys pubescens, Bambusa pubescens

Moso Bamboo is a temperate species of giant timber bamboo native to China and Taiwan. It is the largest temperate bamboo on earth and the most economically important bamboo in China. The species name edulis refers to its edible shoots. The stems are on average 18 m tall and 11 cm in diameter at breast height. Stems are velvety gray-green when young, becoming deep green and yellow-green to almost orange-green when maturing. The stems are covered with very fine, soft hairs, which provide protection from insect predation. Phyllostachys edulis is distinguished by thickened and relatively short internodes toward the base and strongly tapered stems. The stem internodes are thin-walled, on average between 35-50 cm long, and separated by prominent marked ring-like sheath scars on the nodes. Leaves are quite small when compared to the stature of this bamboo, the short and narrow, paper-thin leaves, are 8-10 cm long and 8-10 mm wide, pale green on their upper surface and matte green beneath.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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