Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon.' BAMBOO. Eastern Asia, Himalayas
Bambusa oldhamii. GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO.
GRAMINEAE (Grass family)

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 P. 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: Invasive Plants of California Wildlands Giant reed is also on campus.

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