Arundinaria alpina K. Schum.


Common names: Arundinaria alpina


A mountain bamboo with hollow woody stems from stout woody rhizomes. Stems 2-19 m high and 5-12.5 cm in diameter, heavily branched from the upper nodes. Lower sheaths are often covered in reddish brown bristly hairs, have a linear acute blade and fimbriate lateral auricles. Leaf-blades glabrous narrowly lanceolate 5-20 cm long and 6-15 mm wide with conspicuous cross veins, narrowed to a fine bristle at the apex. Panicles loose to compact, terminal on branches and branchlets. Spikelets 1.5-4 cm long.


Highland forest forming thickets on mountain slopes at 2400-3000 m or in isolated patches in mixed forest down to 1800 m.


Kenya; also from Uganda, United republic of Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.


Stems used in fencing and other constructions.

Similar Species

Not likely to be confused with anything wild in Kenya.

Arundinaria alpina

Edited by: F. Guiso Gallisai
Information taken from: Ibrahim, K. M., Kabuye, C. H. S. 1988. An illustrated manual of Kenya grasses. Rome, FAO. 765 pp.