Schizostachyum fenixii Gamble
Cyrtochloa fenixii is an evergreeen bamboo, producing a clump of culms 7 - 10 metres tall from short, woody rhizomes. The woody culms droop at the tip, they can be erect, or have a climbing habit; the thick-walled stems are around 25 - 30mm in diameter, with 30 - 50cm between internodes.
The culms are havested from the wild for local use in making baskets etc.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Thickets, at low to medium elevations[
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Bamboos have an interesting method of growth. Each plant produces a number of new stems annually - these stems grow to their maximum height in their first year of growth, subsequent growth in the stem being limited to the production of new side branches and leaves. In the case of some mature tropical species the new stem could be as much as 30 metres tall, with daily increases in height of 30cm or more during their peak growth time. This makes them some of the fastest-growing species in the world[
Bamboos in general are usually monocarpic, living for many years before flowering, then flowering and seeding profusely for a period of 1 - 3 years before usually dying.
The culms are split and used for making baskets[
The roots are used for making the handles of fans[
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