Chloothamnus elegantissimus

Chloothamnus elegantissimus (Hassk.) Henrard
  • Synonyms: Bambusa elegantissima Hassk.; Melocanna elegantissima (Hassk.) Kurz; Beesha elegantissima (Hassk.) Kurz ex Munro; Schizostachyum elegantissimum (Hassk.) Kurz; Ochlandra elegantissima (Hassk.) E. G. Camus; Oreiostachys elegantissima (Hassk.) Valeton ex Backer; Nastus elegantissimus (Hassk.) Holttum; Chloothamnus chilianthus Buse; Schizostachyum chilianthum (Buse) Kurz; Chloothamnus chilianthus var. subscaber Buse; Oreiostachys pullei Gamble.
  • Thai name: Not recorded.
  • Distribution: INDONESIA: Java, Sumatra.
  • Description: "... Rhizomes short; pachymorph. Culms scandent; 30 mm diam.; woody. Culm-internodes terete; hollow; 50 cm long. Lateral branches dendroid. Culm-sheaths 18 cm long; hispid; with black hairs. Leaf-sheaths glabrous on surface. Leaf-sheath oral hairs setose; 2 mm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.5–1 mm long. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades lanceolate; 10–20 cm long; 12–25 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex acuminate; filiform ... [flowers and seeds described]." — Kew GrassBase.
  • Comments: (1) A distribution of Chloothamnus elegantissimus in Thailand and Vietnam was stated in the World Checklist of Bamboos and Rattans, 2016: p. 131, under "Nastus elegantissimus" [#1221], but its natural occurrence in these countries is most unlikely. (2) Introduced into Thailand was Chloothamnus elatus, which is being kept in cultivation but has not been naturalized.