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Useful Tropical Plants

Neololeba atra

(Lindl.) Widjaja

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Arundarbor atra (Lindl.) Kuntze

Arundarbor picta (Lindl.) Kuntze

Arundarbor prava (Lindl.) Kuntze

Arundarbor tenuis (Munro) Kuntze

Arundinaria cobonii F.M.Bailey

Arundinaria papuana K.Schum. & Lauterb.

Bambusa atra Lindl.

Bambusa forbesii (Ridl.) Holttum

Bambusa papuana (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) K.Schum.

Bambusa picta Lindl.

Bambusa prava Lindl.

Bambusa tenuis Munro

Dendrocalamus forbesii Ridl.

Dendrocalamus multispiculatus K.Schum. & Lauterb.

Dendrocalamus papuanus (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) Pilg.

Gigantochloa novoguineensis Rendle

Leleba alba Rumph. ex Schult.

Leleba nigra Rumph. ex Schult.

Leleba picta Rumph. ex Schult.

Leleba prava Rumph. ex Schult.

Leleba rumphiana Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.

Common Name:

Neololeba atra

General Information

Neololeba atra is an evergreen, clump-forming bamboo growing 5 - 8 metres tall. The erect, thin-walled culms are 12 - 25mm in diameter with internodes 40 - 60cm long[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
361
Title
Bamboos of India: A Compendium
Publication
 
Author
Seethalakshmi K.K., Muktesh Kumar M.S.
Website
http://www.inbar.int/publication/txt/tr17/default.htm
Publisher
Brill.
Year
2002
ISBN
8186247254
Description
A very good book giving botanical descriptions of the plants with brief notes on subjects such as uses, habitat and range. It is also available to view on the Internet.
]. The plant often forms a dense layer of tangled stems, both living and dead, which is difficult to traverse even with the aid of a brushhook[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials for basket making etc. This species has a bright future for the handicraft industry. Because the culms are thin, only the skin is used, which guarantees a good handicraft quality. More research is needed on natural variability and appropriate cultivation methods[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. This is an attractive clumping species, not yet well known, which has potential in horticulture[
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Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - ?Philippines, Indonesia (Molukus) to New Guinea and northern Australia.

Habitat

River banks, margins of disturbed lower montane forest, and on lower hill slopes, often on limestone; at low elevations[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Bamboo
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



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[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
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. This species, however, is reported to flower regularly in cultivation without dying, though these specimens do not set seed[
361
Title
Bamboos of India: A Compendium
Publication
 
Author
Seethalakshmi K.K., Muktesh Kumar M.S.
Website
http://www.inbar.int/publication/txt/tr17/default.htm
Publisher
Brill.
Year
2002
ISBN
8186247254
Description
A very good book giving botanical descriptions of the plants with brief notes on subjects such as uses, habitat and range. It is also available to view on the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The thin-walled culm is used locally in basketry and other handicrafts[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
361
Title
Bamboos of India: A Compendium
Publication
 
Author
Seethalakshmi K.K., Muktesh Kumar M.S.
Website
http://www.inbar.int/publication/txt/tr17/default.htm
Publisher
Brill.
Year
2002
ISBN
8186247254
Description
A very good book giving botanical descriptions of the plants with brief notes on subjects such as uses, habitat and range. It is also available to view on the Internet.
].
The culm is used for making water pipes, arrow heads and as a casual drinking vessel[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
Strips of the culms are used as binding material in roofings, fish traps and screens[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
361
Title
Bamboos of India: A Compendium
Publication
 
Author
Seethalakshmi K.K., Muktesh Kumar M.S.
Website
http://www.inbar.int/publication/txt/tr17/default.htm
Publisher
Brill.
Year
2002
ISBN
8186247254
Description
A very good book giving botanical descriptions of the plants with brief notes on subjects such as uses, habitat and range. It is also available to view on the Internet.
].

The dead canes of this species are useful when lighting camp fires, even in wet weather[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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