Phyllostachys virella

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Phyllostachys virella

Post autor: needmore » 13 cze 2008 06:48

Now I have again questions about a bamboo new to the US. Does anyone here grow Phy. virella? I have a young plant with 2 new culms. They are not yet with branches but the culms are very bright green with no powder and they are very smooth. They look just like Phy. rubromarginata which is common here. The shoots did not look like the Rubromarginata but the new culms very much do. I think maybe Rubro is not so common in Europe?

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Post autor: Sobal » 13 cze 2008 10:09

_Hehehe on this forum has Phyllostachys virella and Pavel Rezl from http://bambusarium.cz.
Pavel wrote: "virella - 4-7m, strong culms covered with aromatic wax, thick rhizomes are slow to run, excellent hardiness."
Maybe you can just smell them ;)

Couple of guys here have a Phyllostachys rubromarginata. I'm thinking about to have one for myself.
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Post autor: needmore » 13 cze 2008 19:32

Oh no, I hope not one more bad ID from the import trip!

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Post autor: needmore » 14 cze 2008 20:40

I spoke with Jos, he says yes, the young culms have no powder and are bright green like Rubromarginata. Also the book Chinese Compendium says the young culms are bright green. I think perhaps this one is correct for me.

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Post autor: Sobal » 15 cze 2008 23:05

Is light green for me:
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Post autor: needmore » 15 cze 2008 23:45

Very nice, thank you for posting the picture.

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Post autor: Sobal » 16 cze 2008 00:20

This is picture also by Pavel Relz, probably older culms:
http://www.bambusarium.cz/foto/thumbnai ... ch=virella

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Post autor: wufeng » 17 cze 2008 15:52

Last week photos of my virella are here: http://bambusy.info/?bambus:Phyllostachys-virella I have this one in garden near Prague together with rubromarginata and another species. In comparation with rubromarginata is more vigorous, have light green stems and usually shoot later.

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Post autor: needmore » 18 cze 2008 03:36

Jos tells me that all Virella in Europe and mine in the US came from 1 plant collected in the wild of China. Ohrnberger mentions that some say it is conspecific with Rubromarginata, but I think this may be wrong. For me Rubromaginata is very much vigorous about 8 meters tall by 3cm after 5 years and spreading very far, so hopefully the Virella will also.

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