Phyllostachys aurea

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Phyllostachys aurea Riviere & C.Riviere
Common NameGolden Bamboo; Fish Pole Bamboo
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Invasive Rank: TN-IPC Emerging Threat; Natural Area Presence: LC; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: Asia; Reproductive Phenology: March; Reproductive Phenology: April; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; Invasive; TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Bambusa aurea Bambusa aurea hort. ex Rivière & C. Rivière
Phyllostachys bambusoides var. aurea Phyllostachys bambusoides var. aurea (Carrière ex Rivière & C. Rivière) Makino
Phyllostachys meyeri var. aurea Phyllostachys meyeri var. aurea (Carrière ex Rivière & C. Rivière) Pilip.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Anderson (TN), Carter (TN), DeKalb (TN), Franklin (TN), Giles (TN), Knox (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: EKY, ETSU, HTTU, TENN, UCHT, UOS

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 2006 - 2009

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0037501 Anderson Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
UOS08100 Franklin Tennessee 29 May 2009 Mary P. Priestley
Phyllostachys aurea
TENN-V-0037502 Giles Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
HTTU019024 DeKalb Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
TENN-V-0037503 Giles Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
UCHT035017 Giles Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
ETSU033799 Carter Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
31234100195195 Giles Tennessee 25 Feb 2006 Dwayne Estes
Phyllostachys aurea
TENN-V-0037504 Knox Tennessee
Phyllostachys aurea
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Plant Photos

Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw
Phyllostachys aurea - Joey Shaw