Rhizomatous bamboo (Phyllostachys species)

Also known as: running bamboo

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Impact

Rhizomatous bamboo is extremely invasive in a range of climates. It has been used as an ornmental plant in Australia, but easily escapes cultivation and spreads to form an impenetrable network of roots and heavy leaf litter. There are around 30 species of Phyllostachys, all of Asian origin. 

Spread

Rhizomatous bamboo spreads rapidly. It can produce erect shoots from the entire length of its rhizomes (underground stems), resulting in many loosely clumped shoots over large areas. It can be spread through rhizome fragments in dumped garden waste. 

Description

Rhizomatous bamboo is a member of the grass family. Its stems are flattened and grooved in cross section, and its leaves have a network pattern of veins (unlike Bambusa species, which have a round, grooveless stem cross-section, and parallel veins on their leaf blades). 

References

Auld, B. and Medd, R. (1987), Weeds: An illustrated botanical guide to the weeds of Australia, Department of Agriculture New South Wales, Inkata Press, Melbourne.  

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Control

Herbicide options

WARNING - ALWAYS READ THE LABEL
Users of agricultural or veterinary chemical products must always read the label and any permit, before using the product, and strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. Users are not absolved from compliance with the directions on the label or the conditions of the permit by reason of any statement made or not made in this information. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website www.apvma.gov.au

See Using herbicides for more information.


PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2020
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Roundup®)
Rate: 200 mL per 10 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2020
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Roundup®)
Rate: 1 part per 1.5 parts of water
Comments: Cut stump application.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate


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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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Reviewed 2014