African Alpine Bamboo

Yushania alpina

''Yushania alpina'', the African alpine bamboo, is a perennial bamboo of the family Poaceae and the genus ''Yushania'' It can be found growing in dense but not large stands on the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the East African Rift between the altitudes of 2,500 meters and 3,300 meters.
Yushania alpina  Geotagged,Rwanda,Spring,Yushania alpina

Appearance

Stems and leaves: 200 – 1,950 centimeters tall and 5 – 12.5 centimeters in diameter; these grass stems get used as fencing, plumbing and other building materials. Culm sheaths are hairless or with red bristles.

Leaf: sheath is covered with bristles. Leaf blades are "deciduous at the ligule"; blades 5 – 20 centimeters long.

Flowers: Branched cluster of flowers in solitary spikes, which can be dense or loose and are 5–15 centimeters long.

Roots: Short rhizomes described as pachymorph.
Yushania alpina Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park African Alpine Bamboo,Geotagged,Rwanda,Spring,Yushania alpina

Distribution

*Afrotropical realm:
⟶ *Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia, Sudan
⟶ *East Tropical Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
⟶ *West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Rwanda, DR Congo
⟶ *South Tropical Africa: Malawi, Zambia

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderPoales
FamilyPoaceae
GenusYushania
SpeciesY. alpina
Photographed in
Rwanda