Racemobambos prainii (Gamble) Keng f. & T.H. Wen

Sampit,usepeit,uppit (Khasi, Jaintia hills), Kevva (Naga hills)

Habit

Height : 10m

Diameter : 8m

Internode Length : 20cm

Culm Sheath Color : 5-15 cm long and ca. 2 cm broad, at the base striate, thin,scabrous on the outer surface, imperfect blade ca. 5 mmlong, needle like; ligule short, rounded.

Length of Leaf : 6 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 0.7 cm

Shape of Leaf : oblong lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Native to : North, east India, Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : terminal or axillary panicle, rachis slender, wiry, smooth,spikelet ca. 3.5 cm long on slender pedicels, 5-6-flowered,terminal flower empty; rachilla ca.6 mm long, clavate,flattened, empty glumes 2, outer glume with ciliate keels,inner glume 5-nerved and ovate acute with ciliate tip; lemmaca.8 mm long and 3 mm broad, triangular, falcate, acute,ciliate on the edges, palea as long as lemma, with twominutely ciliate bifid keels, lodicules 3; stamens 6; antherpurple, bluntly apiculate basifixed, filament short. Ovaryovoid-oblong, glabrous style thick, bulbous at the base withthree long plumose stigmas.

Uses: Construction, baskets

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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