Orthanthera viminea is a very twiggy, erect, leafless shrub growing from 180 - 250cm tall[
The plant yields a good quality fibre that is harvested from the wild and used locally. The flower buds are also eaten locally.
E. Asia - Pakistan and India in the subHimalayan tract from Kashmir to Uttar Pradesh.
River beds, at elevations up to 900 metres[
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Flower buds - raw or cooked and eaten as vegetable[
A conspicuous leafless plant of the 'rau' beds of the Siwaliks and sub-Himalayan tract; useful in helping to check the torrents[
The fibres of the stem are used for rope making[
]. The long, slender, leafless, wand-like stems, 3 metres or more in length, furnish a bast fibre of remarkable tenacity, suitable for rope making[
]. The unsteeped stalks are made into ropes for Persian wheels, a purpose for which they are admirably adapted, as they do not rot readily from moisture[
]. It is often used in conjunction with the fibre obtained from Leptadenia spartium[
The white wood is soft with faint, light, concentric bands[
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