Schizostachyum pilosum is an evergreen bamboo forming a dense clump of culms about 15 metres tall from short, woody rhizomes. The woody, relatively thin-walled culms are erect at first, later leaning over or drooping to the ground; they are around 5cm in diameter with internodes up to 30cm long. Young growth is covered with white wax[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of materials.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia.
Found in forest, forest margins and wastelands along roadsides[
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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.
This species is related to Schizostachyum grande from Peninsular Malaysia[
The culms are used for flooring[
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