Height : 9m
Diameter : 2.5-4cm
Internode Length : 15-30cm
Culm Sheath Color : 15-22 cm long and7-17 cm broad, striate, silvery shining within, covered outside with matted deciduous reddish hairs mixed with smallwhite hairs with bulbous black bases, tapering gradually upwards and somewhat concavely truncate at apex, imperfectblade, subulate-acuminate, rounded at the base and again expanded in rounded wavy long- fringed auricle on the top ofthe sheath; ligule 7 mm, fimbriate.
Length of Leaf : 10-20 cm
Breadth of Leaf : 1-2 cm
Shape of Leaf : linear-lanceolate
Introduced to : Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil nadu, Goa
Description of Inflorescence and Flower : large panicle of spicate heads with many closely packed spinous spikelets; headsabout 2.5 cm diameter supported by rounded chaffy bracts. Spikelets 1-1.2 cm long, narrow, glabrous, mucronate, fertileflorets many and mixed up with a few sterile. Glumes ovate, mucronate, 5-7-nerved, 2 hermaphrodite flowers; lemmasovate, sub acute, mucronate at the back; palea of the lower flowers as long as lemma, 2-keeled, ciliate on the keels.Stamens long, exserted; anthers short, acute; ovary ovoid, hairy; style long; stigma 1 plumose.
Flowering Reported : North Kanara (1884,1889), Silent valley (1994)
Propagation : Culm cutting
Uses: Construction, baskets, umbrella handles