Arundinaria brevifolia Koidz.
Arundinaria kurilensis paniculata J.A.Schmidt
Arundinaria paniculata (J.A.Schmidt) Makino
Bambusa paniculata (J.A.Schmidt) Makino
Bambusa senanensis Franch. & Sav.
Neosasamorpha hosomiana (Koidz.) Koidz.
Sasa argillacea Koidz.
Sasa basibarbigera Koidz.
Sasa bellatula Koidz.
Sasa dissitiflora Nakai
Sasa fortis Koidz.
Sasa harae Nakai
Sasa hosomiana Koidz.
Sasa ikegamii Nakai
Sasa inexpectans Koidz.
Sasa kassiana Koidz.
Sasa kuriyamensis Nakai
Sasa lasionodosa (Koidz.) Koidz.
Sasa longifolia Koidz.
Sasa makinoi Nakai
Sasa megalophylla argillacea (Koidz.) Sad.Suzuki
Sasa megalophylla nobilis (Makino & Uchida) Muroi
Sasa miyazawae Nakai
Sasa nakai Makino
Sasa neopubiculmis Koidz.
Sasa nobilis (Makino & Uchida) Nakai
Sasa okudana Makino
Sasa osoreyamensis Nakai
Sasa ovatoelliptica Koidz.
Sasa paniculata (J.A.Schmidt) Makino & Shibata
Sasa perexuguoseta Koidz.
Sasa pilosa Nakai
Sasa praeclusa Koidz.
Sasa propinqua Koidz.
Sasa pseudonebulosa Koidz.
Sasa pseudonipponica Tatew. ex Nakai
Sasa pubiculmis Koidz.
Sasa rivularis Nakai
Sasa robusta Nakai
Sasa stenantha (Makino) Nakai
Sasa stripitans Koidz.
Sasa subcordatiphylla Koidz.
Sasa subverticillata Nakai
Sasa tambaensis Makino & Koidz.
Sasa tangoyosaensis Koidz.
Sasa tesioensis Tatew.
Sasa umbrosa Koidz.
Sasa uyetsuensis Koidz.
Sasa uyetsuensis lasionodosa (Koidz.) Takagi
Sasa yahikoensis umbrosa (Koidz.) Sad.Suzuki
Sasaella brevifolia Koidz.
Sasa senanensis is an evergreen bamboo that can grow 200cm or more tall; the erect, woody culms are around 3 - 5mm in diameter with thin-walled internodes[
]. The rhizomes are elongated, the plant having a running habit that can produce new canes some distance from the main clump. It quickly forms an open thicket of slender, erect culms topped by a loose canopy of large, spreading leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
We have no specific information for this species, but members of this genus have a running rootstock that in some species can become rampant and invasive[
E. Asia - Russian Far East, Japan
Woodlands and damp hollows in mountains[
Sasa senanensis grows in the cool temperate zone of Japan and is said to be hardy to at least -20°c.
Prefers a position in partial shade, growing best in a good humus rich loam with ample moisture in the growing season[
]. It grows well in thin woodland[
This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[
Bamboos have an interesting method of growth. Each plant produces a number of new stems annually - these stems grow to their maximum height in their first year of growth, subsequent growth in the stem being limited to the production of new side branches and leaves. In the case of some mature tropical species the new stem could be as much as 30 metres tall, with daily increases in height of 30cm or more during their peak growth time. This makes them some of the fastest-growing species in the world[
Bamboos in general are usually monocarpic, living for many years before flowering, then flowering and seeding profusely for a period of 1 - 3 years before usually dying. This pattern can vary - sometimes flowering is sporadic, with plants flowering annually and not dying; at other times it is gregarious with all the plants in a specific species coming into flower at the same time.
Young shoots - cooked[
Seed - cooked. It is used as a cereal[
]. A famine food[
], not because of the taste but because it is not produced in most years.
Seed - if possible, surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Stored seed is best sown as soon as it is received. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out, which could be a few years. Plants only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available.
Division in late spring as new growth commences. Take large divisions, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main clump as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[
]. Divisions of less than 5 - 6 culms rarely succeed[