Cephalostachyum griffithsii (Munro) Kurz
Teinostachyum griffithii Munro
Schizostachyum griffithii is an evergreen, perennial, clump-forming bamboo with short rhizomes. The culms, which can be erect or arching, are 7.5 - 15 metres long, 50 - 200mm in diameter with thin-walled internodes 45 - 65cm long.
The culms are harvested from the wild for local use in making baskets and pipes.
E. Asia - northeast India to Indo-China.
An understorey plant in hill forests[
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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 used for making baskets and pipes[
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