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Sasa veitchii

Sasa veitchii. Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Arecaceae
Subfamilia: Coryphoideae
Tribus: Borasseae
Subtribus: Hyphaeninae
Genus: Satranala
Species: Satranala decussilvae

Satranala decussilvae Beentje & J.Dransf.

Kew Bulletin. Kew, England 50:89. 1995
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Satranala decussilvae in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Satranala decussilvae is a species of flowering plant in the Arecaceae family.[2] It is a palm endemic to Madagascar. It is the only species in the genus Satranala,[3] and is threatened by habitat loss. There are perhaps 200 mature individuals remaining.[1]

Rakotoarinivo, M.; Dransfield, J. (2012). "Satranala decussilvae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T38696A2883367. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012.RLTS.T38696A2883367.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
"Satranala decussilvae Beentje & J.Dransf". Plants of the World Online. The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. n.d. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
John Dransfield & H. J. Beentje (1995). "Satranala (Coryphoideae: Borasseae: Hyphaeninae), a new palm genus from Madagascar" (PDF). Kew Bulletin. 50 (1): 85–92. doi:10.2307/4114610. JSTOR 4114610. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25.

Sasa veitchii (Japanese: クマザサ, Hepburn: kumazasa) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Sasa, in the Poaceae family.[1]


Sasa veitchii is a large species of bamboo grass which may reach a height of 1-2m, with leaves about 20cm in length and 4-5cm in width. Young leaves are initially uniform green in color but develop light-colored edges as they mature overwinter.[2] In its native Japan, it is found as a dense covering on some forest floors. The term kumazasa is not precise and can refer to a variety of bamboo grass species other than S.veitchii, including S. kurilensis, S. senanensis, S. palmata, and others.
Sushi wrapped in kumazasa leaves

This species is often planted in gardens as ornamental ground cover. The leaves can be used to make herbal tea, and are traditionally ground up and taken as a folk remedy for diabetes and hypertension, although there is no scientific consensus on its efficacy as medicine.[3] In Ishikawa, Nagano, and Niigata prefectures, the leaves are used as wrapping for regional varieties of sushi and rice dumplings. It also has some uses as a textile, for example in the manufacture of absorbent floor mats.[4]


"Sasa veitchii in Tropicos".
"Saga Newspaper (Japanese)".
"National Institute of Health and Nutrition (Japanese)".
"Sasawashi mats".

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