Bambusa oldhamii · giant timber bamboo · Taiwan, Southern China
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’ · giant gray bamboo · Eastern Asia, Himalayas

Poaceae (grass family)
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’ at the Center for Clinical Sciences Research. John Rawling, ca. 2005

Visit the area between the two buildings of the Center for Clinical Sciences Research, southwest of the School of Medicine, to see splendid plantings of immense bamboos. The three double-row groupings of Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’ each stand about 50 feet tall. Two long rows of Bambusa oldhamii, giant timber bamboo, are nestled between Mudd Chemistry and the new Lokey Laboratory Building at Roth Way and Campus Drive West. 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.