Schizostachyum pseudolima is an evergreen bamboo, forming a dense clump of culms around 10 metres tall from short, woody rhizomes. The thin-walled, woody culms are erect with pendulous tips; around 4cm in diameter with internodes up to 60cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials. It is sometimes cultivated near villages[
E. Asia - China, Vietnam.
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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 flutes and walling and are split for weaving[
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