Gigantochloa atroviolacea Widjaja

Gigantochloa atter var. nigra Gamble

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Height : 8-12m

Diameter : 6-8 cm

Culm Color : Purple

Internode Length : 30- 50 cm

Culm Sheath Color : deciduous, with darkbrown hairs appressed on the back, 15-20 cm long, triangular; ligule 1-2 mm high, denticulate; auricles 3-5 mm, rounded, slightly curved outward, notjoined with the blade with 7 mm long bristles; blade 4-9 cm long, spreading or reflexed, ovate-oblong.

Length of Leaf : 20-30 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 2-5 cm

Shape of Leaf : lanceolate

Soil : Dry soil, limestone

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Native to : Banten, Sukabani, Indian Botanic Garden calcutta

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : spikelets upto 18 in a cluster, ovate-lanceolate, 8-11 mmlong, 3 mm wide, wide with 4 perfect and one sterile flower; glumes broadly ovate, mucronate, 3-5 mm long, brownhairy; lemmas 6-10 mm long, acuminate at the apex; paleas shorter than lemmas, acute and pointed; lodicules absent.Stamens 6; anthers 4-5 mm long, slightly hairy at the tip. Ovary hairy, oblong.

Propagation : Rhizome, culm cutting

Uses: Construction, musical instruments, handicrafts, furniture

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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