Described as the largest bamboo in the world (largest culm diameter). The species is most know for its almost grotesque, tortured-looking culms. The culms grow in a contorted, curving form that resemble an elephant's trunk. As the bamboo matures, each new shoot will emerge larger and develop into a twisting freak show that we all hope for. Translated (Chinese) stories and info about the Dai People's "King of all Bamboos" can be found by following this link:
Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Re-imported from Xishuangbanna, Nov/2012 into USDA quarantine. Finally, in March/2015, the species was released to us from USDA quarantine (the 2013 US government shutdown was largely to blame for the release delay).
Propagation is underway but availability is still somewhat limited.
The original single released specimen is now happily growing in our nursery field. It's been exciting to watch this species develop in the USA!