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Useful Tropical Plants

Arundinella nepalensis

Trin.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Acratherum miliaceum Link

Arthopogon agrostoides Trevir. ex Steud.

Arundinella acratherum Nees ex Steud.

Arundinella ecklonii Nees

Arundinella glabra Hook. & Arn.

Arundinella miliacea (Link) Nees

Arundinella pilaxilis B.S.Sun & Z.H.Hu

Arundinella pilomarginata B.S.Sun

Arundinella rigida Nees

Arundinella ritchei Munro ex Lisboa

Arundinella virgata Janowski

Common Name:

Arundinella nepalensis
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Mark Marathon
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General Information

Arundinella nepalensis is an evergreen, clump-forming grass with short, scaly rhizomes; it produces slender to stout, erect culms usually 90 - 200cm tall, occasionally to 300cm.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a thatch.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.

Range

Africa - Guinea, Senegal, Kenya south to southern Africa; E. Asia - India, Nepal, southern China; Australia

Habitat

Open places at elevations of 300 - 2,500 metres in Nepal[
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
]. Mountain grasslands, hill thickets; at elevations from 500 - 1,800 metres in China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. Dry woodland and grassland, often in drainage ways, in New South Wales[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Arundinella nepalensis has a very wide range, being found in tropical , subtropical and warm temperate regions of Africa, India, China and Australia. Whilst it is predominantly a plant of the tropics and subtropics, it is also often found at higher elevations in these regions and can be found at lower elevations in warm temperate climates such as in New South Wales.
Prefers a sheltered position in full sun in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The canes are used for thatching and fencing[
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Bamboos only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available.
Division in late spring as new growth commences. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Rhizome cuttings.
Basal cane cuttings.
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