Bambusa macrostachya Kurz
Gigantochloa kachinensis E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa kathaensis E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa mogaungensis E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa tekserah E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa toungooensis E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa wanet E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa wunthoensis E.G.Camus
Gigantochloa yunzalinensis E.G.Camus
Oxytenanthera macrostachya Brandis
Gigantochloa macrostachya is an evergreen, perennial, clump-forming bamboo growing 10 - 16 metres tall. The thin-walled, erect, woody culms are 6 - 10mm in diameter with internodes 40 - 80cm long.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
E. Asia - northeast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar.
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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. 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 pattern can vary - sometimes flowering is sporadic, with plants flowering annually and not dying; at other times it is gregarious with all the plants in a specific species coming into flower at the same time. Gregarious flowering of this species has been ovserved, but the only record we can find was in 1862[
The culms are used for construction and are split for making baskets, mats etc[
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