Pseudoxytenanthera ritcheyi (Munro) H.B. Naithani

Arundarbor ritcheyi (Munro) kuntze, Bambusa ritcheyi Munro, Oxytenanthera monostigma Bedd.

Huda, Manga (Maharashtra), Choomaree, Chiwa (Karnataka)

Habit

Height : 3-4.5

Diameter : 2.5-3.5cm

Internode Length : 37-45cm

Culm Sheath Color : thin, paperyat the margins, striate, sparsely covered with white appressed, stiff hairs, 15-22 cm long, 7.5 cm broad at the base, gradually attenuate upwards the apex,rounded on either sides with deep sinus with imperfect blade attached at thebase.

Length of Leaf : 5-20 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 2-4 cm

Shape of Leaf : linear-lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Habitat : Deciduous forests

Native to : Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil nadu

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : largeterminal panicle of spicate branchlets bearing dense globular heads of 5-6.5 cm diameter. Spikelets 2-2.5 cm long, lessthan 2.5 cm broad, 1-flowered, glabrous, long-spinose apiculate, numerous, fertile and sterile about equal in numbers,glumes ovate-mucronate, lower smaller, upper ovate-lanceolate, lemmas linear-lanceolate, convolute, long mucronate.Paleas shorter than the lemma, not keeled, blunt. Stamens exserted, fused; anthers 5-7 mm long, bristly-apiculate,bristles some what hairy at the apex. Ovary ovate acuminate, rounded, glabrous; style long; stigma one, plumose.

Flowering Reported : Kala Naddi (1852), Satara Ghat (1870), North Kanara (1884,1889), Mahabalashwar, Ahmednagar(1892), Nilambur(1987-88), Silent valley(1995-96)

Propagation : Seeds

Uses: Fence, baskets, umbrella handles, walking sticks

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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