Bambusa clavata is an evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with short rhizomes and erect, woody stems around 10 - 20 metres tall. The stems are around 45 - 90mm in diameter, with a thick wall and internodes around 20 - 40cm long.
The plant is harvested from the wild for use as a food and source of materials. It is sometimes planted along the edge of fields in order to provide food and materials.
Bambusa clavata has a restricted extent of occurrence, being known from fewer than ten locations. Unsustainable harvesting, both for its shoots and for use in construction and handicrafts is a continuing threat to this species, as are human-caused forest fires. There is a continuing decline in the number of mature individuals and in the extent and quality of its habitat. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2017)[
E. Asia - Bhutan
Warm shady areas, along streams and river banks; at elevations from 300 - 1,600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
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. This species has been recorded as flowering gregariously in the past, with all the plants in an area dying. The species usually recovers slowly from seed[
The young shoots, harvested as they emerge from the ground, are used as a vegetable[
]. They are also made into pickles for consumption[
The stems are used for general construction and handicrafts[
]. The stems are used for light construction and low-quality weaving[
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