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Cephalostachyum pergracile - Munro

Common Name Tinwa Bamboo
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mixed deciduous forests, often growing with teak[146 , 310 ]. It is vigorous in moister forests but stunted in the driest forests. Characteristic of low, hilly country, it thrives best on well-drained loams and usually grows in large stands[310 ].
Range E. Asia - southern China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cephalostachyum pergracile Tinwa Bamboo Dvellakat
Cephalostachyum pergracile Tinwa Bamboo


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Physical Characteristics

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Cephalostachyum pergracile is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 10 m (32ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Oxytenanthera aliena McClure Schizostachyum pergracile (Munro) R.B.Majumdar


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Shoots  Stem
Edible Uses:

The canes are highly esteemed as a vessel for cooking glutinous rice[301 ]. The green canes are used and, the fact of their being green and the presence of the fluid within, seems to render the fire incapable of burning these wooden cooking-pots[439 ]. The bamboo casing also acts as a convenient container in which the cooked food can be carried whilst on journeys[633 ]. The internodes of 1-year-old culms are used as casings for 'khaao laam', a popular Thai dessert comprising a mixture of glutinous rice, adzuki beans, coconut milk, sugar and salt. After grilling or baking, the whole dish is eaten, including the bamboo casing, which adds a specific fragrance to the meal[301 ]. Young shoots - cooked[310 ]. A bitter flavour[310 ].


Medicinal Uses

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None known


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Other Uses

The canes are widely used in construction, (as house posts, walling mats, shingles etc) and as fishing rods. They are easily split into thin strips which are used for basketry, mat making etc. The outer green layer can be split very finely and is used to make handicrafts. The culms are also used as a raw material for paperpulp[310 , 439 ]. A Good screening plant or feature.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming


Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Biomass  Management: Managed Multistem  Regional Crop

Grows best in the dappled shade of woodland. Prefers a moist, but well-drained soil[310 ]. 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, flowers sporadically in most years, but does not then generally produce good seed[633 ]. It also flowers gregariously at intervals of several years, at which time good seed is usually produced[146 ].

Carbon Farming

  • Industrial Crop: Biomass  Three broad categories: bamboos, resprouting woody plants, and giant grasses. uses include: protein, materials (paper, building materials, fibers, biochar etc.), chemicals (biobased chemicals), energy - biofuels
  • Management: Managed Multistem  Regularly removing some multiple stems. A non-A non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.


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Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Khaao laam, Khauz hlam, Latang, Madang, Mai-pang, Paung-thin-wa, Phai-kaolarm, Phai-khaolam, Tinwa, Wa-ciaw,

Found In

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

Asia, Australia, Bangladesh, Central America, China, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Puerto Rico, SE Asia, Singapore, Thailand

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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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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