Oxytenanthera abyssinica (Holy Venda
bamboo, Bindura bamboo)
Heilige Venda-bamboes [Afrikaans]
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Oxytenanthera abyssinica, Mueda,
Mozambique. [photo John E. Burrows ©]
Oxytenanthera abyssinica under cultivation
in the National Botanic Garden, Harare, Zimbabwe. [photo MA Hyde ©,
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.