Plant Database forum: Bamboo Fargesia Genf

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Name: Sean B Murray
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Whitebeard
Mar 9, 2016 8:50 PM CST
Hi.

So I am growing a pitifully slow clumping bamboo. It's a rare cultivar that's not in our data base.

The "common" name that's given on the label is Jiuzhaigou Genf Bamboo. Not common by most standards. The more common name by which people would seek it out from someone working in a nursery would likely be "tall clumping bamboo," but that fits many. Any way, I digress.

I try to put in the common name (as above listed per the label) and then move on to the cultivar.

It was thought to be a fargesia nitada but now researchers are questioning that. It now appears to be more properly listed as fargesia sp. 'Jiuzhaigou Genf' Regardless of which I choose I get bumped here.

A little help is appreciated. I'm really curious if anyone else is growing it. Thanks.

Whitebeard aka Sean

Name: Jim D
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jimard8
Mar 9, 2016 9:09 PM CST
I have a few much more than common names are difficult ,, this might be a place to start

http://www.bamboo.org/index.php
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 9, 2016 9:10 PM CST

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Here's a new entry for your plant.

Tall Clumping Bamboo (Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou Genf')

It's peculiar that some websites are listing it as Fargesia jiuzhaigou 'Genf,' as though jiuzhaigou is the species name. It isn't a valid species name, so I'm adding it as part of the cultivar name, 'Jiuzhaigou Genf,' because it's different from the 'Jiuzhaigou' currently in our database.

We don't list sp. as part of the botanical name. It usually means it's a hybrid of more than one species. I'm still looking to see whether the species name in the original entry is incorrect because 'Jiuzhaigou' also appears to be a hybrid rather than a Fargesia nitida cultivar.
Name: Sean B Murray
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Whitebeard
Mar 10, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Thanks, Zuzu. I share your read. 'Jiuzhaigou Genf' is the cultivar, and it does appear to be a hybrid. Hope all continues well with you.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 10, 2016 12:48 PM CST

Plants Admin

I tip my hat to you.

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