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Useful Tropical Plants

Schizostachyum blumei

Nees

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Arundarbor longinodes (Miq.) Kuntze

Arundo spiculorum Oken

Bambusa longinodis Miq.

Melocanna longispiculata Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.

Melocanna tenuispiculata Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.

Melocanna zollingeri longispiculata Munro

Schizostachyum longispiculatum (Munro) Kurz

Schizostachyum zollingeri longispiculatu (Munro) E.G.Camus

Common Name:

Schizostachyum blumei
Drawing of the leaf and flowering stem (Fig A only)
Photograph by: Camus, E.G., Les bambuse?es, Atlas, vol. 2: t. 97, fig. A (1913)
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General Information

Schizostachyum blumei is an evergreen bamboo producing a dense clump of culms 3 - 7 metres tall from short, woody rhizomes. The thin-walled, woody culms can be erect or arching, with a pendulous tip; they are 10 - 20mm in diameter with internodes 30 - 60cm long[
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The culms are often harvested from the wild for their range of uses. They are traded in local markets and the plant is occasionally cultivated[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Lowland forest, often along rivers and in hill dipterocarp forest; forest margins and in lowland wasteland along roads; at elevations up to 800 metres[
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Bamboo
Height5.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Young shoots are produced continuously in a mature clump. At first a young shoot is erect, up to about 2 m tall, and later the upper part becomes pendulous. When leafy branches develop, the culm cannot support itself and flops over older culms. In the field a clump of Schizostachyum blumei looks like a compact bush, with old culms flopping over and young shoots sticking up above the old culms.|Flowers can be found all the year round, but fruits are rare[
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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[
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Plants for a Future
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Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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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.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The long slender culms are used for making fishing rods and traditional flutes[
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Propagation

Seed -
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