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Bamboo: Alphonse Karr Bamboo Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'

FAMILY: POACEAE (Grass Family)

The culms (or stems) of the Alphonse Karr bamboo are not green, but yellow with a bright stripe of green down the middle. Young shoots emerging from the ground are tinged with pink.


Bamboos are classified into two main categories: clumping and running. The Alphonse Karr bamboo is a medium-sized clumping variety, as its culms grow in a compact, symmetrical circle, because of its short, closely spaced rhizomes.