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Chusquea tonduzii is a woody bamboo belonging to the diverse genus Chusquea that contains as many as 220 species (Fisher et al. 2014). C. tonduzii grows in montane areas across the neotropics from Central to northern South America along the Pan American highway. Its vegetative reproductivity and protovines allow it to cover areas of up to 100 m2. These large clumps are packed with decomposing leaf litter. Clones sprout new shoots from 5 - 15 cm tall within 1 - 2 months. These shoots grow to 50 - 100 cm after 2 - 3 years. After these early years their growth rate slows and requires a minimum of 8 years to reach full height (Janzen 1983). When these shoots grow to heights of 3 - 8 m they begin to sprawl outward laterally, covering nearby vegetation (Clayton et al. 2006). About every fifteen years C. tonduzii flowers, seeds, and then dies (Janzen 1983).