Botanical name: Dendrocalamus strictus Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Bambusa stricta, Bambos stricta
Calcutta Bamboo is a deciduous densely tufted bamboom with culms 8-16 m high, 2.5-8 cm in diameter, pale blue green when young, dull green or yellow on maturity, much curved above half of its height. The most peculiar aspect of the plant is the solid culm as there is no hollow part in it. Leaves are linear-lanceshaped, small in dry localities, up to 25 cm long and 3 cm broad in moist areas, rounded at the base into a short petiole, tip is sharply tapering with twisted point. Inflorescence is a large panicle of large dense globular heads 4-5 cm apart. Long stamens protrude out of the flowers.
Identification credit: Hemanth Tripathi
The flower labeled Calcutta Bamboo is ...