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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: Guaduinae
Genus: Otatea
Species: O. acuminata – O. aztecorum – O. aztecotrum – O. carrilloi – O. fimbriata – O. glauca – O. ramirezii – O. reynosoana – O. transvolcanica – O. ximenae

Otatea (McClure & E.W.Sm.) C.E.Calderon & Soderstr., Smithsonian Contr. Bot. 44: 21 (1980)
Type species: Otatea acuminata (Munro) C.E.Calderón ex Soderstr., Smithsonian Contr. Bot. 44: 21 (1980)


Calderón, C.E. & Soderstrom, T.R. (1980) Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 44: 21.
Ruiz-Sanchez, E., Sosa, V. & Mejía-Saules, T.M. (2008) Phylogenetics of Otatea Inferred from Morphology and Chloroplast DNA Sequence Data, and Recircumscription of Guaduinae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae), Systematic Botany, 33(2): 277–283.
Ruiz-Sanchez, E., Sosa, V., Mejía-Saules, T.M., Londoño, X. & Clark, L.G. (2011) A Taxonomic Revision of Otatea (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae) Including Four New Species, Systematic Botany, 36(2): 314–336.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Otatea 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, Otatea. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 24. 2013. Otatea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2013 Nov. 24.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Otatea. Published online. Accessed: 24 Nov. 2013.

Otatea, called weeping bamboo, is a genus of clumping bamboos in the grass family, native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia.[2][3][4]

The name derives from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word "otatl", meaning "bamboo".


Otatea acuminata (Munro) C.E.Calderón ex Soderstr. – widespread from Chihuahua to Oaxaca
Otatea carrilloi Ruiz-Sanchez, Sosa & Mejía-Saulés – Chiapas
Otatea fimbriata Soderstr. – widespread from Norte de Santander to Chiapas
Otatea glauca L.G.Clark & G.Cortés – Chiapas
Otatea ramirezii Ruiz-Sanchez – Querétaro[8]
Otatea reynosoana Ruiz-Sanchez & L.G.Clark – Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit
Otatea rzedowskiorum Ruiz-Sanchez – Chiapas
Otatea transvolcanica Ruiz-Sanchez & L.G.Clark – México State, Jalisco, Colima
Otatea victoriae Ruiz-Sanchez – Hidalgo
Otatea ximenae Ruiz-Sanchez & L.G.Clark – Oaxaca, Michoacán


The International Plant Names Index
Calderón, Cléofe E. & Soderstrom, Thomas Robert. 1980. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 44: 21
Tropicos, Otatea (McClure & E.W. Sm.) C.E. Calderón & Soderstr.
Ruiz-Sanchez, E., V. Sosa, M. T. Mejía-Saules, X. Londoño & L. G. Clark. 2011. A taxonomic revision of Otatea (Poaceae, Bambusoideae: Bambuseae) including four new species. Systematic Botany 36(2): 314–336.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Espejo Serna, A., A. R. López-Ferrari & J. Valdés-Reyna. 2000. Poaceae. Monocotiledóneas Mexicanas: una Sinopsis Florística 10: 7–236 [and index].
Ruiz-Sanchez, E., 2015. Parametric and non-parametric species delimitation methods result in the recognition of two new Neotropical woody bamboo species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 93, pp.261–273.
Ruiz-Sanchez, Eduardo. 2012. Acta Botánica Mexicana 99: 25, figure 1

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