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Old 2021-05-29, 07:48   #93
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Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus View Post
I have a vague recollection from around 1980 of seeing a story on the national news about bamboo and the giant panda. The bamboo in one region in Sichuan Province where the giant panda lives was flowering. This was of huge significance for the pandas.

Some species of bamboo, including some of the staple foods of the giant panda, like arrow bamboo Fargesia spathacea, and blue fountain bamboo Fargesia nitida, grow for decades, undergo synchronous flowering over entire regions if not the whole world, and then the plants all die.
Fargesia nitida flowered about 2005. My specimens died and I never got a round to replacing them with current-generation seedlings. For this species the flowering cycle is around 100-120 years.
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