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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 54

Title:
Propagation of Giant Cane (Arundinaria gigantea) Using Rhizome Cuttings

Authors:
James J. Zaczek, Karl W.J. Williard, Sara G. Baer and John W. Groninger

pp: 408-411

Abstract:
INTRODUCTION

There is a great deal of interest in the ecological restoration of giant cane or switchcane (Arundinaria gigantea (Walter) Muhl.), a North American native bamboo. A member of the Poaceae family, the species is a component of bottomland and riparian forest ecosystems ranging from southern Maryland west to southern Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, south to central Florida, and west to Texas (Marsh, 1977; Simon, 1986). Giant cane dominated communities better known as canebreaks formerly occupied extensive areas throughout the region (Smart et al., 1960; Platt and Brantley, 1993) but land conversion has greatly reduced canebreak ecosystems to a fraction of their former extent. Canebreaks are now considered to be a critically endangered ecosystem that hosts a number of rare wildlife species (Platt and Brantley, 1997; Bell, 2000; Platt et al., 2001). Giant cane growing along streams, lakes, and wetlands can serve as a filter that enhances water quality, stabilizes stream

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