Phyllostachys nigra (POACEAE) Black Bamboo

Weeds to Whack

Phyllostachys nigra is a declared plant in NSW. It is an invasive, running bamboo. The stems begin green and then darken to black with the passing weeks, while the leaves remain deep green.¬†Reported to be less invasive than some others, but will form a thick grove.¬†“Phyllostachys is a genus of bamboo thought to be originally from Central China, but can now be found in many temperate and semi-tropical areas around the world. They have a prominent groove, called a sulcus, that runs along the length of each segment (or internode).” – Wikipedia

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