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Bambusa atra - Lindley

Common Name Clumping Bamboo. Long pipe bamboo.
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats It is a tropical plant. It grows in the lowlands and usually in wet soil. It can grow on limestone. River banks, margins of disturbed lower montane forest, and on lower hill slopes, often on limestone; at low elevations[310].
Range Southeast Asia - Philippines, Indonesia (Molukus) to New Guinea and northern Australia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Bambusa atra Clumping Bamboo. Long pipe bamboo.


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Bambusa atra Clumping Bamboo. Long pipe bamboo.
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Summary

Bambusa atra Lindl. is a synonym of Neololeba atra (Lindl.) Widjaja


Physical Characteristics

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Bambusa atra is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 8 m (26ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Arundarbor atra (Lindl.) Kuntze. Arundarbor picta (Lindl.) Kuntze. Arundarbor prava (Lindl.) Kuntze. Arundarbor tenuis (Munro) Kuntze. Arundinaria cobonii F.M.Bailey. Arundinaria papuana K.Schum. & Lauterb. Bambusa atra Lindl. Bambusa forbesii (Ridl.) Holttum. Bambusa papuana (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) K.Schum. Bambusa picta Lindl. Bambusa prava Lindl. Bambusa tenuis Munro. Dendrocalamus forbesii Ridl. Dendrocalamus multispiculatus K.Schum. & Lauterb. Dendrocalamus papuanus (Lauterb. & K.Schum.) Pilg. Gigantochloa novoguineensis Rendle. Leleba alba Rumph. ex Schult. Leleba nigra Rumph. ex Schult. Leleba picta Rumph. ex Schult. Leleba prava Rumph. ex Schult.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed  Shoots
Edible Uses:

Edible Portion: Shoots, Cereal, Seeds.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

The thin-walled culm is used locally in basketry and other handicrafts[310 , 361 ]. The culm is used for making water pipes, arrow heads and as a casual drinking vessel[310 ]. Strips of the culms are used as binding material in roofings, fish traps and screens[310 , 361 ]. The dead canes of this species are useful when lighting camp fires, even in wet weather[713 ]. Carbon Farming - Industrial Crop: biomass. Other Systems: strip intercrop, multistrata.

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Biomass  Management: Managed Multistem  Minor Global Crop  Other Systems: Multistrata  Other Systems: Strip intercrop

Climate: subtropical to tropical, tropical highlands. Humidity: humid. 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[K]. 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, however, is reported to flower regularly in cultivation without dying, though these specimens do not set seed[361]. Carbon Farming - Cultivation: minor global crop. Management: managed multistem.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Long Pipe Bamboo, New Guinea Thin-walled Bamboo, Guagua bamboo, Loleba, Nena. Neololeba atra

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Asia, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam. Native to the Philippines, Sulawesi, Maluku, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland. It is an exotic species in Indian subcontinent countries, such as India and Sri Lanka.

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Bambusa bambosGiant Thorny Bamboo33
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Bambusa odashimaeOdashimae Bamboo40
Bambusa oldhamiiRyoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham's Bamboo20
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Bambusa polymorphaBurmese bamboo, Jama Betua20
Bambusa textilisClumping Bamboo. Weaver's bamboo30
Bambusa tuldaBengal Bamboo. Spineless Indian bamboo20
Bambusa vulgarisCommon Bamboo32
Chimonobambusa marmoreaKan-Chiku10
Chimonobambusa pachystachysThorny Bamboo10
Chimonobambusa purpurea 10
Chimonobambusa quadrangularisSquare Bamboo20
Chimonobambusa szechuanensis 10

 

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