Plant Diversity ›› 2006, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (2): 115-119.

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The Identity of an Endemic Tibetan Bamboo, Arundinaria macclureana ( Gramineae, Bambusoideae)

 LI  De-Zhu-1,   Lynn G. CLARK2, Chr  is STAPLETON3   

  1. 1 Laboratory of Bi odiversi ty and Biogeography , Kunmimng Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650204, China;
    2 Department of Botany, Iowa Stat e University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA; 3 Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens K ew ,
    Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK
  • Online:2006-04-25 Published:2014-01-17


Arundinaria macclureana Bor was the first bamboo described in modern taxonomy based on Tibetan material.
Since the type bears only flowering branches without critical vegetative characteristics such as rhizomes and culm- sheaths,
its identity has long been doubtful. Even so, it provides the type of a newly created genus, Borinda. By checking the
type specimens of A1 macclureana as well as the type of Fargesia setosa T. P. Yi, which is a species only known by its
vegetative state, and by collecting in the field, a conclusion is reached that these two entities are conspecific. Fargesia
macclureana, a name published in less- received literature is the correct name for this endemic Tibetan bamboo, although
re- evaluation of the relationships within the Thamnocalamus group is needed.

Key words: Fargesia setosa, Arundinaris macclureana, Identiy, Tibet

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