(pronounced: ayr-un-DYE-nah)


subtribe Arundinae; tribal affinity unknown.

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Large caespitose terrestrials. Stems erect, leafy, unbranched. Leaves alternate, distichous, linear-lanceolate. Inflorescences terminal densely-flowered racemes, frequently producing plantlets after flowering. Flowers ephemeral, showy. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip unlobed, tubular with a flared apex. Column elongate, dilated lateral to the stigma; pollinia 8, in two groups of four on two viscidia.


From the Latin arundo, meaning reed, referring to the reed-like habit of the genus.


A monotypic genus widespread in the Asian tropics, frequently cultivated and naturalized throughout its range. Widely cultivated elsewhere in the tropics but rarely naturalizing.

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Ridley, H. N. 1920. Arundinas. J. Roy. Asiatic Soc. Str. Branch 82:199-201.