Dinochloa tjankorreh andamanica (Kurz) Gamble
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and seed
Photograph by: Gamble J.S.; The Bambuseae of British India
Dinochloa andamanica is a vigorous, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with prostrate or scandent zig-zag culms that creep along the ground, rooting at the nodes, or climb over tall trees. The woody stems are thin-walled, 20 - 30 metres long and 25mm in diameter with internodes 23 - 46cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for lcal use as a rope substitute.
E. Asia - Andaman and Nicobar islands, Myanmar, Thailand.
Mostly occurs as impenetrable tangled thickets and often climbing on the tall trees[
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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[
New main branches develop annually, at first leafless, curved, tendril-like, later in the season covering themselves with a dense mass of foliage, which hangs down from the supporting trees and eventually smothers them. Where no large trees exist. This Bamboo forms an impenetrable tangled mass, spreading over shrubs and saplings[
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 long, cane like culm is used as rope[
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