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Himalayacalamus fimbriatus - Stapleton.

Common Name
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cool broad-leaved forests, 1100 - 1800 metres. It grows well in relatively dry situations in full sunshine[220].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas in C. Nepal.
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Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Himalayacalamus fimbriatus


Himalayacalamus fimbriatus

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Himalayacalamus fimbriatus is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 6 m (19ft 8in) at a fast rate.It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Shoots  Stem
Edible Uses:

Tender young shoots - cooked as a vegetable[272]. The young shoots are very bitter and so are never used for food[220].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Weaving

The older stems are harvested and then split for weaving into baskets and mats[220, 272]. The are also used for making walls for huts and as walking sticks[272].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed in British gardens though it is frost-tolerant in its native range and so might succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. This is probably the least hardy member of the genus since it is found at lower elevations than other members of the genus[220]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a good loamy soil[214]. Succeeds in most soils so long as they do not dry out[200]. Dislikes drought[1]. Prefers a position sheltered from cold north and east winds[1]. The stems colour more brightly when grown in a sunny position[200], though the leaves curl up in bright sunlight[214]. Succeeds outdoors in a woodland garden[214]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die[122].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. There is a degree of dormancy in the seed and it can take 1 - 8 months to germinate at 20 - 25°c, a cold pre-treatment might shorten this time[214]. Grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Seed is rarely available. Division in spring as new growth commences. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[200]. Basal cane cuttings.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Himalayacalamus asper Bamboo6.0 - FLMHSNM002
Himalayacalamus brevinodus Bamboo9.0 - FLMHSNM202
Himalayacalamus cupreus Bamboo6.0 - FLMHSNM302
Himalayacalamus falconeri Bamboo6.0 7-10 SLMHSNM302
Himalayacalamus hookerianusPadangBamboo9.0 7-10 FLMHSNM203

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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Author

Stapleton.

Botanical References

220

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