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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Bambusoideae
Tribus: Bambuseae
Subtribus: Arthrostylidiinae
Genus: Rhipidocladum
Species: R. abregoense – R. abregoensis – R. ampliflorum – R. angustiflorum – R. bartlettii – R. clarkiae – R. harmonicum – R. martinezii – R. maxonii – R. neumanii – R. neumannii – R. pacuarense – R. panamense – R. parviflorum – R. pittieri – R. prestoei – R. pttieri – R. racemiflorum – R. sibilans

Rhipidocladum McClure, Smithsonian Contr. Bot. 9: 101 (1973)
Type species: Rhipidocladum harmonicum (Parodi) McClure, Smithsonian Contr. Bot. 9: 105 (1973)


McClure, F.A. (1973) Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 9: 101, f. 42.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Rhipidocladum in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 24. Reference page.
Simon, B.K., Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T., Vorontsova, M., Brake, I., Healy, D. & Alfonso, Y. 2013. GrassWorld, Rhipidocladum. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 24.
Tropicos.org 2013. Rhipidocladum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 24.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Rhipidocladum. Published online. Accessed: 24 Nov. 2013.

Rhipidocladum is a genus of New World woody bamboo in the grass family).[2][1] It found in Mesoamerica, Trinidad, and South America. The genus is characterized by 1) erect, non-pseudopetiolate culm leaves, 2) numerous branchlets arising in an apsidate (fan-like) array, and 3) fruits being true caryopses. The name is derived from the Greek rhipid meaning "fanlike" and clad meaning "branch".[3]


Rhipidocladum abregoensis - Colombia (Norte de Santander)
Rhipidocladum ampliflorum - Venezuela
Rhipidocladum angustiflorum - Colombia, Venezuela
Rhipidocladum bartlettii - Mexico (Chiapas, Yucatán Peninsula), Belize, Guatemala, Honduras
Rhipidocladum clarkiae - Costa Rica
Rhipidocladum harmonicum - from southern Mexico to Bolivia
Rhipidocladum martinezii - Mexico (Chiapas)
Rhipidocladum maxonii - Costa Rica, Guyana
Rhipidocladum neumannii - Argentina (Salta, Tucumán), Bolivia (La Paz, Santa Cruz, Tarija)
Rhipidocladum pacuarense - Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Rhipidocladum panamense - Panama
Rhipidocladum parviflorum - Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Bolivia, Brazil, Panama
Rhipidocladum pittieri - from Mexico (Michoacán) to Panama
Rhipidocladum prestoei - Trinidad
Rhipidocladum racemiflorum - Mexico from Tucumán to Tamaulipas
Rhipidocladum sibilans - Venezuela, Guyana

Formerly included[4]

see Actinocladum Didymogonyx

Rhipidocladum geminatum - Didymogonyx geminatum
Rhipidocladum longispiculatum - Didymogonyx longispiculatum
Rhipidocladum verticillatum - Actinocladum verticillatum


Tropicos, Rhipidocladum McClure
McClure, Floyd Alonzo. 1973. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 9: 101, f. 42
McClure, F.A. 1973. Genera of bamboos native to the New World (Gramineae: Bambusoideae). Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 9: 1--148.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Filgueiras, T. S. & A. P. Santos-Gonçalves. 2004. A checklist of the basal grasses and bamboos in Brazil (Poaceae). Journal of the American Bamboo Society 18(1): 7–18
Pohl, R. W. & G. Davidse. 1994. 9. Rhipidocladum McClure. 6: 199–201. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater (eds.) Flora Mesoamericana. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F..

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