Schizostachyum hantu is an evergreen bamboo, forming a loose clump of culms 15 - 20 metres tall from short, woody rhizomes. The thick-walled, woody culms are erect when young with long, drooping tips, but become leaning with time; thay are 15 - 25mm in diameter, with culms 80 - 100cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials for making baskets etc.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia (Sarawak).
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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 used to make baskets[
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