photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
"Chinese Walking Stick Bamboo"  click on photo for larger image
Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith  2004

Susanne Lucas in front of a clump of
Q. tumidissinoda

Qiongzhuea tumidissinoda
Common name: Walking Stick Bamboo
Height: 18 feet
Diameter: 0.75 inch
Hardiness: 10

With its large disk-like nodes, this bamboo is very popular for making canes and walking sticks in Sichuan, China. The name tumidissinoda is descriptive of the greatly enlarged nodes. This is a bamboo of multiple attributes, the culms with the swollen nodes being the principal attraction and its beautiful foliage another. It is also known for having delicious tasting shoots and an enthusiastic growing habit.

Close-up of swollen node    Photo copyright:  NoahBell,  2010

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2010
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