"Kanzan-chiku" (Pleioblastus hindsii) belongs to Poaceae (the Grass family). It is an evergreen bumboo that is native to southern China. In Japan, it is widely planted in the Kansai region of Honshu and westward. It is also found wild in some parts of Japan. It is the largest of the sasa species, reaching a culm height of 3 to 6 m. The branches are oblique, and the leaves are long and slender with pointed tips. Bamboo shoots appear from May to August and are edible. In Taiwanese Chinese, it is called "邢氏苦竹", and in Chinese, "彗竹" (hui zhu).