Bamboo Species of Peru

Bamboo Species of Peru

8 genera, 36 species, 1 subspecies

Bamboo resources in Peru are abundant and could represent a large potential supply. Some efforts have been made by the government to develop bamboo resources, especially in the Amazon region.

Some data exist regarding the extent of bamboo area in this region. It is known, for example, that the Ucayali river basin (between the Tambo and Urubamba), has an area of 400,000 ha covered with Guadua. However, there is no data on the area of each species or genera at the national or regional level.

Peru could be one of the richest Andean countries in terms of bamboo diversity but more fieldwork and taxonomic research need to be done. At present, Peru is known to have 8 genera and 36 species, with the richest bamboo diversity being in the departments of Pasco and Cuzco, and with the largest bamboo area in Madre de Dios and Amazonas.

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Arthrostylidium simpliciusculum 4-10 mm 10-12 m
Aulonemia haenkii 1.5-2 m
Aulonemia hirtula 50 mm 10 m
Aulonemia humillima 0.5-0.7 m
Aulonemia parviflora 3-5 m
Aulonemia queko 20-30 mm 8-15 m
Chusquea aspera 10-15 m
Chusquea barbata 2 mm
Chusquea decolorata
Chusquea delicatula 4 mm 3 m
Chusquea depauperata 5 mm 1.3 m
Chusquea dombeyana 5 mm 3 m
Chusquea exasperata 13-25 mm 10-12 m
Chusquea huantensis
Chusquea inamoena
Chusquea neurophylla 4 mm 1 m
Chusquea peruviana 10 mm
Chusquea picta
Chusquea polyclados
Chusquea pubispicula
Chusquea scandens 10-25 mm 2-6 m
Chusquea smithii 2 mm 1 m
Chusquea spicata
Chusquea straminea
Chusquea tarmensis
Chusquea tessellata 10 mm 3 m
Elytrostachys sp.
Guadua glomerata 10-45 mm 8-12 m
Guadua sarcocarpa ssp. purpuracea
Guadua sarcocarpa ssp. sarcocarpa
Guadua superba 100-150 mm 20 m
Guadua weberbaueri 40-120 mm 8-20 m
Merostachys brevispica
Neurolepis fimbriligulata ssp. peruviana
Neurolepis weberbaueri 4 m
Rhipidocladum harmonicum 20-60 mm 10-20 m
Rhipidocladum racemiflorum 5-10 mm 10-15 m
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Guadua weberbaueri and Guadua sarcocarpa are widespread in the lowland Amazonian region of Peru (departments of Amazonas, Cuzco, Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco and San Martin), covering more than 500,000 ha at elevation of 100 to 1,500m in sites of mature and successional forest on alluvial soil along rivers. They are locally known by different names such as "paca", "ipa", "Kapiro", "Mame", "Marona" or "chig kan". These two species are notorious for their well-developed thorns, present on both culms and branches, and for forming dense curtains extremely difficult to penetrate.