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Gigantochloa hasskarliana - (Kurz) Backer. & K.Heyne.

Common Name Awi Tela
Family Poaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A plant of the lowland tropics. In Java it grows in the lower mountain forests. It is usually in slightly shady places.
Range E. Asia - Malaysia.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Gigantochloa hasskarliana Awi Tela


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Summary

Gigantochloa hasskarliana or Awi Tela is a clump-forming bamboo with short rhizome that usually grows in Southeast Asia. It is evergreen and perennial, and grows up to 6 m tall and 50 mm in diameter at the base. The leaves are narrow and sword-shaped. The young shoots are edible - eaten as a side dish or cooked in soups and stews. Awi Tela is also planted as a hedge, or to prevent soil erosion on steep hills. The erect canes are used in basketry. Awi Tela is propagated by seeds, division, or culm cuttings.


Physical Characteristics

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Gigantochloa hasskarliana is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 10 m (32ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a fast 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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Synonyms

Schizostachyum hasskarlianum Kurz

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Shoots  Stem
Edible Uses:

Young stem - cooked[301 ]. Eaten as a side dish with rice, or cooked in soups and stews[301 ].Highly esteemed in Indonesia for their sweet flavourful qualities[301 ].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: Planted extensively to prevent soil erosion on steep hills[303 , 310 ]. Often planted as a hedge[303 , 310 ]. Other Uses: The canes are used to make basketry[303 , 310 ]. The canes are 5 - 6 metres long, 30 - 50 mm in diameter at the base, with a thin wall. Very dense with large leaves and slightly weeping culms. Good two-story screener. Its lush foliage gives an excellent tropical feel to even the smallest of gardens.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Biomass  Management: Managed Multistem  Regional Crop

A plant of the lowland tropics, though it can be found at elevations up to 1,500 metres[303 ]. It prefers humid conditions[303 ]. Upright, slightly weeping, tight clumping. 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. Prefers tropical or subtropical climates. Full sun to part shade.

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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Propagation

Seed - Division. Culm cuttings. This method is mostly used for establishing hedges and for erosion control measures[303].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Tela,

Found In

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

Asia, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Laos, SE Asia,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

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

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Gigantochloa albociliataClumping bambooBamboo12.0 10-11 FLMHSNM303
Gigantochloa apusWatho. Tabashir BambooBamboo20.0 9-11 FLMHSNM204
Gigantochloa atroviolaceaBlack Bamboo. Giant Black bambooBamboo12.0 9-11 MLMHSNM203
Gigantochloa baluiClumping BambooBamboo 10.0 10-12 FLMHNM203
Gigantochloa levisBulo semilang, Buloh seremai, BoloBamboo15.0 9-10 FLMHSNM323
Gigantochloa verticillataWhorled bamboo, Giant stripy bambooBamboo15.0 10-12 FLMNM303

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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