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Bamboo Grass

Bambusa spp.

Usually an ornamental grass, it does escape and become a weed problem. An extensive system of rhizomes spreads it away from the original planting. The stem is woody and has expanded nodes. Economic uses include fishing poles and garden stakes. It has given its name to another plant with semi woody stems with swollen nodes. See Mexican Bamboo.

Photo of Bamboo Grass

Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension