Sasa (plant)

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Sasa palmata foliage in winter
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Bambusoideae
Supertribe: Arundinarodae
Tribe: Arundinarieae
Subtribe: Arundinariinae
Makino & Shibata

Sasa (Japanese: ササ or ), also called broad-leaf bamboo, [1] is a genus of running bamboo. [2] These species have at most one branch per node.

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean, is debated. Japanese has been grouped with language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance.

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.

Bamboo subfamily of plants

The bamboos are evergreen perennial flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. The word "bamboo" comes from the Kannada term bambu (ಬಂಬು), which was introduced to English through Indonesian and Malay.



<i>Sasa palmata</i> species of plant

Sasa palmata is a species of low-growing, shade-tolerant bamboo that is native to Japan. It is known as broadleaf bamboo or broad-leaved bamboo.

Fossil record

Fossil leaves of †Sasa kodorica are described from the Pliocene of Kodori Valley in Abkazia. [3]

The Pliocene Epoch is the epoch in the geologic timescale that extends from 5.333 million to 2.58 million years BP. It is the second and youngest epoch of the Neogene Period in the Cenozoic Era. The Pliocene follows the Miocene Epoch and is followed by the Pleistocene Epoch. Prior to the 2009 revision of the geologic time scale, which placed the four most recent major glaciations entirely within the Pleistocene, the Pliocene also included the Gelasian stage, which lasted from 2.588 to 1.806 million years ago, and is now included in the Pleistocene.

Kodori Valley Valley in Abkhasia

The Kodori Valley, also known as the Kodori Gorge, is a river valley in Abkhazia, Georgia's breakaway autonomous republic. The valley's upper part, populated by Svans, was the only corner of the post-1993 Abkhazia, directly controlled by the central Georgian government, which since 2006 officially styles the area as Upper Abkhazia. On August 12, 2008, Russo–Abkhazian forces gained control of the Upper Kodori Valley, previously controlled by Georgia.

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  1. Sasaella bitchuensis(Makino) Koidz – southern Honshu
  2. Sasaella caudiceps(Koidz.) Koidz. – Honshu
  3. Sasaella hidaensis(Makino) Makino, Hishu zasa – Honshu, Shikoku
  4. Sasaella hisauchii(Makino) Makino, Hime suzu – Honshu, Shikoku
  5. Sasaella kogasensis(Nakai) Nakai ex Koidz, Kogashi azuma zasa – Hokkaido, Honshu
  6. Sasaella leucorhoda(Koidz.) Koidz. – Honshu
  7. Sasaella masamuneana(Makino) Hatsushima & Muroi, Genkei chiku – Japan
  8. Sasaella ramosa(Makino) Makino, Azuma zasa – Japan; naturalized in Great Britain + New Zealand
  9. Sasaella sadoensis(Makino ex Koidz.) Sad.Suzuki – Honshu
  10. Sasaella sawadae(Makino) Makino ex Koidzum – Honshu
  11. Sasaella shiobarensis(Nakai) Koidz. – Honshu
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  1. Sasamorpha borealis(Hack.) Nakai – Korea, Japan, Sakhalin
  2. Sasamorpha hubeiensisC.H.Hu – Hubei, Jiangxi
  3. Sasamorpha oshidensis(Makino & Uchida) Nakai – Japan
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  3. Acta Palaeobotanica - Supplementum No. 3 - New Fossil Floras from Neogene Deposits in the Belchatow Lignite Mine by Grzegor Worobiec - Polish Academy of Sciences W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Krakow 2003