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The Flowering of the Bamboo


CAN your botanical readers give me any information about the flowering of the bamboo? Until recently I was not aware that it presented any extraordinary features, but about the middle of April the bamboo in this locality produced flowers, to the great astonishment of everyone long resident here. The peasants, and many of the more ignorant townspeople, regarded the event with much superstitious terror. It is supposed by them to portend a failure of the crops, and possibly even more serious disasters. A small anti-tax rising, some distance away, appeared for a few days to be a serious matter, and as it was in progress during the time at which the bamboo flowers appeared, many were inclined to exaggerate enormously the danger of the situation. These superstitious terrors (closely resembling the fears formerly aroused in Europe on the appearance of a large comet) sufficiently show the rarity of the phenomenon.

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TINGLE, A. The Flowering of the Bamboo. Nature 70, 342 (1904).

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