Schizostachyum aciculare is an evergreen bamboo forming a clump of slender culms 4 - 5 metres tall and 8 - 10mm in diameter The thin-walled culms are erect, with a pendulous tip, often scrambling over nearby vegetation; the internodes up to 65 cm long[
The culms are commonly harvested from the wild for local use in making baskets etc.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Forests and forest margins[
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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 split culms are a favoured material, commonly used for making handicrafts like hats and baskets[
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