Poaceae (grass family) Phyllostachys

Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis Henon bamboo

Southeastern China
Henon bamboo at the Scully Center for Clinical Sciences Research. John Rawlings, ca. 2005

Visit the area between the two buildings of the Scully Center for Clinical Sciences Research, north of the Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, to see splendid plantings of immense bamboos. The three double-row groupings of Henon bamboo each stand about 50 feet tall. Two long rows of Bambusa oldhamii, giant timber bamboo, run along the south edge of Lorry Lokey Laboratory. Specimens were nearly 30 feet tall when planted in 2003. Even though grasses are not ordinarily deemed to be trees, height still counts.

For another tall grass, visit 511 Gerona Road, where a long row of 15-foot pampas grass, Cortaderia selloana, can be seen. Cortaderia selloana and C. jubata are serious wildland weeds. Giant reed can also be found on campus.

Illustrations: gallery.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added notes on weeds and giant reed. Edits; Henon bamboo now the only species in the heading (Jan 2024, SP).