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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: Bambusinae
Genus: Bambusa
Species: Bambusa chungii

Bambusa chungii McClure, 1936

Lingnania chungii (McClure) McClure, Lingnan Univ. Sci. Bull. 9: 35 (1940).
Lingnania chungii var. petilla T.H.Wen, J. Bamboo Res. 1(1): 34 (1982).
Lingnania chungii var. barbellata Q.H.Dai, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 23: 395 (1986).
Bambusa chungii var. barbellata (Q.H.Dai) Y.M.Lin & Q.F.Zheng, Fl. Fujianica 6: 45 (1995).
Bambusa chungii var. petilla (T.H.Wen) Ohrnb., Bamboos World Intro. 4: 18 (1997).

Native distribution areas:
Primary references

McClure, F.A., 1936 Lingnan Science Journal. Canton [Guangzhou] 15(4): 639, t. 28, 29. (1936)

Additional references

Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Bambusa chungii in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 August 19. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. Bambusa chungii. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2022. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2022 August 19. Reference page. 2022. Bambusa chungii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 19 August 2022.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Bambusa chungii. Published online. Accessed: August 19 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Bambusa chungii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 2022 August 19.

Vernacular names
English: white-powder bamboo
Tiếng Việt: Dùng
中文: 粉箪竹, 薇籽, 粉单竹

Bambusa chungii, commonly known as white bamboo or tropical blue bamboo, is a large, tall bamboo species, often found in Hong Kong, and originating in southern China and Vietnam.[1] Its blue-green or white culms often reach a height of 10 m.[2][3]

The bamboo grove of this species often spreads to 3 m when mature, sometimes spreading to 5 m, often growing in company of trees in a humid, half-sunlight environment. Culms which can grow to a maximum height of 20 m or less are covered in naturally occurring white powder, which are used to waterproof the plant.[4]

The two main types of bamboos are clumpers and running bamboos. Clumping bamboos, such as the B. chungii, are noninvasive bamboos (sympodial or pachymorph). They have short roots and form discrete clumps. Some types of clumping bamboos clump more tightly than others – meaning, the culms (canes) grow closely together, omitting light from being seen through the other side of a mature species. Each new culm that shoots up is larger than the last. Growth rates vary since they depend on soil, water, nutrient, weather conditions, climate, etc. It has been successful growing in Central Florida, some areas of California, and Hawaii.

Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
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"Byron Bay Bamboo Australia". Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
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