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Phyllostachys nigra (Lindl.) Munro
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Shrub

Phyllostachys nigra colony A. A. Reznicek colony

Several species of these “running” bamboos from eastern Asia are hardy and cultivated as far north as Michigan. A colony of what has been tentatively determined to be this species was discovered by D. W. Woodland in a vacant lot in St. Joseph, Berrien Co., in 2012. The colony was visited in late March of 2013, to find this bamboo still with green leaves after the winter, and spreading widely by coarse rhizomes. The origin of this patch, whether from rhizomes inadvertently moved through refuse dumping, with construction equipment, or perhaps merely spreading from a former planting nearby, is unclear. However, despite its aggressiveness, the lack of potential for dispersal by seed hopefully means occurrences will remain very limited.


Berrien County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 28, 2023.