Oxytenanthera abyssinica (A. Rich.) Munro

Bambusa abyssinica A. Rich. , Oxytenanthera borzii mattei , Oxytenanthera braunii pilg.

Habit

Culms : Tufted

Height : 6-10m

Diameter : 6-10cm

Culm Color : Bright green

Internode Length : 20cm

Culm Sheath Color : about 20 cm long, 4-10 cm broad, tight, overlapping, covered with dark-brown bristlyhairs; ligule short; blade 10-13 cm long, involute

Length of Leaf : 5-25 cm

Breadth of Leaf : 1-3 cm

Shape of Leaf : linear-lanceolate to lanceolate

Habitat, Distribution,Uses

Introduced to : Tropical Africa, Dehra dun

Description of Inflorescence and Flower : spikelets15-40 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, acuminatein globose clusters 5-6 cm diameter which aresome times aggregated into an interrupted falsespike; fertile florets 1-2; lemmas sharplymucronate, convolute, merging into glumesbelow, stamens 6, monadelphous; style long,hirsute; stigmas 3, long, hairy

Flowering Reported : Ethiopia

Uses: Canoes, pulp and paper, paddle, spears, shaft

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998

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