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Oxytenanthera abyssinica (Holy Venda bamboo, Bindura bamboo)

Heilige Venda-bamboes [Afrikaans]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

Oxytenanthera abyssinica (Holy Venda bamboo, Bindura bamboo)

Oxytenanthera abyssinica, Mueda, Mozambique. [photo John E. Burrows ]

Oxytenanthera abyssinica (Holy Venda bamboo, Bindura bamboo)

Oxytenanthera abyssinica under cultivation in the National Botanic Garden, Harare, Zimbabwe. [photo MA Hyde , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Has a bamboo-like growth-form, occurring in dense clumps that can be more than 7 m high. Within southern Africa there is a small population in Limpopo Province of South Africa and it also occurs in eastern and northern Zimbabwe. Plants flower at the same time at about seven year intervals and evidence suggests that each plant flowers only once in its lifetime (Palgrave and Palgrave 2002).



  • Palgrave, K.C. and Palgrave, M.C. 2002. Trees of Southern Africa. 3rd Edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.


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