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Useful Tropical Plants

Schizostachyum latifolium

Gamble

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Ochlandra ridleyi Gamble

Schizostachyum ridleyi (Gamble) Holttum

Common Name:

Schizostachyum latifolium
Drawing of the leaves and flowers
Photograph by: Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, vol. 7: t. 114 (1891)
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General Information

Schizostachyum latifolium is a perennial, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with short rhizomes. The erect culms, which droop at the tip, are 3 - 5 metres long, 15 - 25mm in diameter with thin-walled internodes 35 - 55cm long.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use in making baskets etc. It is also occasionally cultivated.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - northeast India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Scattered in tropical lowland at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Bamboo
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



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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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
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 culms are used to make fine woven baskets ('seraung') and in Sarawak to make blowpipes, tobacco containers (part of internode, carved in low relief), baskets and other ornamental woven objects such as mats[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Culms of Schizostachyum latifolium however, can be split into fine strips which are suitable to be woven into very fine baskets[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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361
Title
Bamboos of India: A Compendium
Publication
 
Author
Seethalakshmi K.K., Muktesh Kumar M.S.
Website
http://www.inbar.int/publication/txt/tr17/default.htm
Publisher
Brill.
Year
2002
ISBN
8186247254
Description
A very good book giving botanical descriptions of the plants with brief notes on subjects such as uses, habitat and range. It is also available to view on the Internet.
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Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2024-06-13. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Schizostachyum+latifolium>

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