Dendrocalamus strictus (Roxb.) Nees
Synonym : Bambos stricta Roxb.
Family : Poaceae
Local Names : Cheriyamula, Kallanmula, Solid bamboo
Flowering and fruiting period: December – January
Distribution: Indian subcontinent and Java
Habitat: Deciduous forests, also grown in the plains
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Uses: Dendrocalamus strictus is extensively used as raw material in paper mills and also for a variety of purposes such as light construction, furniture, musical instruments, bamboo board, mats, sticks, agricultural implements, rafts, baskets, woven wares and household utensils. Young shoots are edible and used as food. Leaves are used as forage, and decoction of leaves and nodes and silicious matter is used in traditional medicine.
Key Characters: Culms to 15 m high, unarmed. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, apex long acuminate, spinescent; ligule dentate. Heads of spikelets globose; spikelets ovate, lower glume 4 mm, upper 4.5 mm, ovate, lemmas 2, 5 mm, broadly ovate with a mucro; stamens 6, filaments free, 0.2 mm, anthers 2.5 mm, oblong.