Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Bambusa sp. - Bamboo
Bambusa sp. (Bamboo) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Valance, c. 1810-1820 (made)
Bambusa bambos (published as Bambusa arundinacea) (Giant Thorny Bamboo) from Michel Etienne Descourtilz, Flore [pittoresque et] médicale des Antilles, vol. 4, plate 293, 1827
Bambusa sp. (Bamboo) Public Domain photo by Daderot, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Common Names: Bamboo
Description: Bambusa sp. (Bamboo) is a members of the Poaceae (Grass) family. The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, Vol. 2, p. 316 recorded 1 species of Bambusa sp., Bambusa arundinacea (Giant Thorny Bamboo). There are 115 species of bamboo in the Subfamily Bambusoideae, the bamboos.  They are native to a variety of different climates "ranging from hot tropical regions to cool mountainous regions and highland cloud forests".*  This is a tentative identification.  The design on the textile from which this motif is taken illustrates scenes from a romantic novel, Paul et Virginie, set in Mauritius.  Two species, Bambusa multiplex and Bambusa vulgaris, are known from Mauritius, providing the basis for this identification.

Quilts with this Bambusa sp. (Bamboo) motif: 
  • None known at this time
Printed cotton with this Bambusa sp. (Bamboo) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Valance, Object Number T.259-1982, ca. 1810-20 (made)

*"Bamboo," Wikipedia, 26 October, 2022, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo; accessed October 30/2022.

   ©  Updated 10/30/2022     Author: Terry Terrell