29. Bambusa vulgaris Schrader ex Wendland GRAMINEAE

Hindi: bans, बांस

A tree-sized species of bamboo, widely cultivated in the tropics, but probably native to South and South-East Asia including India. This is a useful and easily propagated species. The strong stems are used for building purposes and scaffolding; the young shoots are edible; and the wood can be pulped for paper-making.

Lithograph of Bambusa vulgaris from Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden Calcutta 7: t. 4

     

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