Arundinaria prainii Gamble
Racemobambos prainii (Gamble) P.C.Keng & T.H.Wen
Thamnocalamus prainii (Gamble) E.G.Camus
Neomicrocalamus prainii is a clump-forming bamboo with culms that can be scandent or scrambling and grow from 6 - 20 metres long[
]. The culms are thick-walled or solid, 5 - 8mm in diameter and 20 - 25cm long between internodes.
The culms are used for basket making and construction.
E. Asia - China, India, Myanmar.
Mountain forests, river banks, rocks; at elevations of 1,200 - 2,600 metres in southern China[
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Found mainly in subtropical climates[
], it also grows in warm temperate areas and at moderate to high elevations in the tropics.
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 used for basket making and hut building[
]. The culms are thick-walled or solid, 6 - 20 metres long, 5 - 25 mm in diameter with the internodes 20 - 50 cm apart[
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