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Golden Bamboo

Golden bamboo - Invasive.orgScientific name: Phyllostachys aurea Carrière ex Rivière & C. Rivière (ITIS)

Common names: Golden bamboo, fishpole bamboo, walking stick bamboo

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Native To: Asia (Gucker 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1882 (Gucker 2009)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Gucker 2009)

Impact: Forms dense monospecific stands that displace native species (Gucker 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:


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Council or Task Force

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.


Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Golden Bamboo
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Texas Invasives Database - Phyllostachys aurea

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Golden Bamboo
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Phyllostachys aurea
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Weed Risk Assessment for Phyllostachys aurea Carr. ex A. & C. Rivière (Poaceae) - Golden bamboo (Jul 2012; PDF | 494 KB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
See also: Noxious Weeds Program Risk Assessments for more species

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Phyllostachys aurea
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Golden Bamboo
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

International Government

Weeds in Australia - Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Energy.

Weed Identification Tool - Golden Bamboo
Brisbane City Council (Australia).

Invasive Plants: Other Invasive Plants - Bamboo (Phyllostachys spp.)
Queensland Business and Industry Portal (Australia).

State Government

Forest Pests: Invasive Plants and Insects of Maryland - Golden Bamboo (Aug 2012; PDF | 323 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.
See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

Invasive Species Leaflet - Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo, Fishpole Bamboo) (Mar 2010; PDF | 188 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Golden Bamboo (PDF | 257 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands


Update on Bamboo in the Southeast (PDF | 491 KB)
Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
See also: Timely Information Archive for more publications

Bamboo Control
Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Plant Profile: Phyllostachys aurea
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.


Gucker, C.L. 2009. Phyllostachys aurea. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Phyllostachys aurea. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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Last Modified: Sep 08, 2018
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