Ochlandra wightii (Munro) C.E.C. Fisch.

Bambusa wightii Munro , Teinostachyum wightii (Munro) Bedd.

Ira-calli(Tamil Nadu)

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Height : 6.5-7.5m

Diameter : 1.5-2cm

Internode Length : 48cm

Culm Sheath Color : 8-15 cm long excluding the blade, 5 cmbroad, covered with many appressed lightbrown subulate hairs; blade 6 cm long and1-1.5 cm broad, lanceolate acuminate.

Length of Leaf : 18-36 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 3.5-7.5 cm

Shape of Leaf : oblong-lanceolate

Altitude : 1000m

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Introduced to : Dehra Dun

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : Inflorescence onterminal spike with thick rachis. Spikeletsseveral in the verticils in the axils of bracts,glabrous, 2.3-2.8 x 0.4-0.6 cm, conical,striate; empty glumes 4, basal, manynerved,glabrous, 0.6-2 x 0.2-0.4 cm, outertwo thicker, ovate-truncate with a subulatepoint, the inner 2 ovate, acute mucronate,flowering glume thin, membranaceous,1.8 x 0.15 cm, many-nerved; palea as long as flowering glume, narrow; lodicule 1, large, 1.3 x 0.25 cm, many-nerved, tip serrate; stamens upto 60, filamentsnarrow, long, apiculate. Ovary glabrous, perigynium thick enclosing the style; stigmas 5, plumose.

Flowering Reported : Kerala, Achenkoil(1992)

Uses: Pulp and paper, mats, baskets, huts, fodder

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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