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Himalayacalamus is an Asian genus of mountain clumping bamboo in the grass family. Species members are found growing at lower altitudes of the Himalaya in Bhutan, Tibet, India, and Nepal.

Tibetan Princess Bamboo
Himalayacalamus asper
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Bambusoideae
Tribe: Arundinarieae
Subtribe: Arundinariinae
Genus: Himalayacalamus
Keng f.
Type species
Himalayacalamus falconeri
(Munro) Keng f.

The genus is often confused with Drepanostachyum. That genus, however, features plants of many equal branches, Himalayacalamus species have one dominant branch.


As of January 2024, Plants of the World Online accepts the following species:

Image Scientific name Distribution
  Himalayacalamus asper Stapleton Nepal
Himalayacalamus brevinodus Stapleton Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh
Himalayacalamus collaris (T.P.Yi) Ohrnb. Tibet, Nepal
Himalayacalamus cupreus Stapleton Nepal
  Himalayacalamus falconeri (Hook.f. ex Munro) Keng f. Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal; naturalized in the North Island of New Zealand
Himalayacalamus fimbriatus Stapleton Nepal
  Himalayacalamus hookerianus (Munro) Stapleton Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Assam
Himalayacalamus planatus Stapleton Nepal
  Himalayacalamus porcatus Stapleton Nepal