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Phyllostachys edulis 'Heterocycla'
(Tortoise Shell Bamboo)

Phyllostachys edulis Heterocycla, also known as the Tortoise Shell Bamboo, has internodes resembling that of a tortoise shell. In Japan, it is refered to as 'Kikko' meaning Tortoise shell. The internodes alternatingly face eachother on either side. However, this characteristic is only present on the first several feet at the base of the plant. It then continues growing straight with regular internodes for the remaining height of the plant.

The unique and rare characteristics of this plant make it highly ornamental. This bamboo is extremely rare in North America presently.

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