Bamboos are perennial, tall, woody grasses of varying heights from two to 15 metres. They have hollow canes with nodes at intervals. Bamboos were introduced as an ornamental, and are often used as shelter belts or for erosion control.
Leaves are thick and grass-like and are arranged on alternative areas of the stem.
Flowers are usually insignificant and held on slender arching panicles.
Habitat it invades many different environments.
Weed characteristics dense stands of bamboo grow to the total exclusion of other vegetation.
Dispersal shoots from buds of underground stems spread and produce new canes. Each rhizome is capable of producing many new shoots along its length.
Bamboo is a not a declared plant under Queensland legislation. However, its control is recommended.
How to act
The only effective treatment is mechanical removal. Regular removal and slashing of regrowth will remove most plants. Cut stumping and spot spraying with a glysophate product is also recommended.
Refer to Weed Control Methods.
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