Authors: Michael B. Thomas
Citation: How to cite: Michael B. Thomas. 2017. Updated Bamboos of Bhutan Checklist. National Herbarium, National Biodiversity Centre, Ministry of Agriculture. Serbithang, Thimphu, Bhutan., accessed yyyy-mm-dd.
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Locality: Bhutan (27.410790, 90.395510)
Abstract: Bamboo species have not been prioritized for research in Bhutan and remain understudied. The number of herbaria specimen collections are underrepresented. It is likely new species remain to be discovered in the less accessible areas of the country. This checklists includes a review and synthesis of published literature and includes 33 species in 15 genera. In Bhutan bamboos are extensively used for a wide range of purposes. The larger species occur naturally or are cultivated up to 1600 m, and are used for poles, as edible shoots, and animal fodder. Small species occur naturally in the forest understory up to 3400 m, and are also frequently cultivated around villages, or form extensive areas of monotypic bamboo pastureland. Common uses for smaller species include basketry, house roofs, walls and floors, edible shoots and fodder.

Stapleton, C.M.A. 2000. Bambuseae. In: H. J. Noltie, The Grasses of Bhutan. Flora of Bhutan 3(2): 482-515. Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and Royal Government of Bhutan.

Stapleton, C. 1994. Bamboos of Bhutan: An Illustrated Guide. The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, UK. p. 67.

Stapleton, C.M.A. 1994. The bamboos of Nepal and Bhutan Part I: Bambusa, Dendrocalamus, Melocanna, Cephalostachyum, Teinostachyum, and Pseudostachyum (Gramineae: Poaceae, Bambusoideae). Edinb. J. Bot. 51(1): 1-32.

Stapleton, C.M.A. 1994. The bamboos of Nepal and Bhutan Part II: Arundinaria, Thamnocalamus, Borinda, and Yushania (Gramineae: Poaceae, Bambusoideae). Edinb. J. Bot. 51(2): 275-295.

Stapleton, C.M.A. 1994. The bamboos of Nepal and Bhutan Part III: Drepanostachyum, Himalayacalamus, Ampelocalamus, Neomicrocalamus and Chimonobambusa (Gramineae: Poaceae, Bambusoideae). Edinb. J. Bot. 51(3): 301-330.

Notes: Project supported by the United States Fulbright Scholar Program, Washington, D.C. (2017). The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

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Families: 1
Genera: 15
Species: 33 (species rank)
Total Taxa: 35 (including subsp. and var.)