Gigantochloa atter (Hassk.) Kurz

Bambusa thouarsii var. atter Hassk.

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Height : 22m

Diameter : 5-10cm

Culm Sheath Color : 21-36 cm long, narrowly triangular withtruncate apex, black, hairy, auricle roundedor slightly curved outward; ligule 3-6 mmhigh, irregularly toothed, blades reflexed,deciduous.

Length of Leaf : 20-44 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 3-9 cm

Shape of Leaf : lanceolate

Altitude : 1400m

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Introduced to : Indian Botanic garden, Calcutta, West Bengal

Native to : Malaya

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : spikelets up to 35 in a cluster,ovate, lanceolate, 9-12 mm long consistingof four perfect florets; glumes acutemucronateat the apex, 3-9 mm long, brownciliate; lemmas broadly acuminate at theapex, 6-9 mm long, with brownish ciliae;palea shorter than lemma, acuminate atapex with brownish to white cilia, 3-4 veinsbetween keels, 1-2 veins between keel and margin, 5-8 mm long; lodicules absent. Anthers 6, 4-5 mm long, slightlyhairy. Ovary hairy, oblong.

Uses: Construction, edible, musical instruments, handicrafts

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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