Ruth is responsible for today’s entry. Ruth writes:
My mother, Melinde Sanborn, took this stunning shot of a beached monocot species. Thanks mom!
Although we are not certain of its identity, we believe this to be a species of Dendrocalamus. The pachymorph rhizomes combined with large culms are the best clues. Dendrocalamus is a genus of giant clumping bamboo native to Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It’s not uncommon to find members of this genus cultivated in Hawaii, Central America or the West Indies, where different species are variously used for buckets, rafts, edible shoots, construction or charcoal. It is also cultivated as an ornamental in mild parts of North America: Quail Botanical Gardens of Encinitas, California has a few species in their collection. As Dendrocalamus are a clumping type of bamboo, they are less of a nightmare (just less) in the garden. Due to their size, they are not recommended for a small to medium spaces unless regular maintenance is possible.