Gigantochloa achmadii is a perennial, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo growing 10 - 20 metres tall. The erect, woody culms are 50 - 90mm in diameter with internodes 25 - 35cm long.
The culms are potentially useful for construction.
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Sumatra)
Forests on heavy clay soils[
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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 potentially useful for construction[
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