Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda

31 Dec

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Dappled shade

Flowering period: N/A

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 6m

Eventual Spread: 8m

Hardiness: 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Poaceae

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda is a large, vigorous evergreen bamboo with an arching and spreading habit. Its mid green leaves are linear, up to 14cm long and 12mm broad. Its culms are light green, solid in cross section, up to 3cm in diameter, with large ‘knuckles’ at each node. Its roots are rhizomes which aids its spread.

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda Leaf (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda Leaf (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda, commonly known as the Chinese Walking Stick, is native to central China.  Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda is synonymous with Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda. In its native habitat it grows in forests. It was introduced into the UK in 1987.

The etymological root of the binomial name Chimonobambusa is derived from the Greek xeimwn meaning ‘winter’ and Bambusa, an erroneous pronunciation of the Indian word Mambu. Tumidissinoda is derived from the Latin tumidus meaning ‘swollen’, si meaning ‘if’ and nodare meaning ‘knot’ (node).

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda Stem (18/11/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda Stem (18/11/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda useful as an attractive screening bamboo. It prefers a sheltered location. Care should be exercised when specifying this bamboo as it will spread.

Ecologically, Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda is of little value to UK wildlife.

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It prefers an acidic to neutral pH of soil.

Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda  requires little maintenance. The removal of runners may be necessary to contain this bamboo. Root barrier may be installed at its planting to contain this bamboo.

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2 Responses to “Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda”

  1. David H. 01/01/2013 at 16:44 #

    tumidus – ‘swollen’; issi(ma) – ‘most’, or ‘extremely’; noda – ‘node’

    • Davis Landscape Architecture 01/01/2013 at 17:15 #

      David, thanks for your comment. I have looked for the Latin translation for issi(ma) and can not find one. Do you think it could be from the Latin ‘is’ meaning ‘if’ i.e swollen if node?

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