Java Black Bamboo
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Java Black Bamboo
P Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Java Black Bamboo
Botanical name: Gigantochloa atroviolacea    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Java Black Bamboo is a medium size clustered woody bamboo with 8-12 m tall stems and an average diameter of 6-8 cm at the base. The stem internodes are fairly thick-walled, 5-8 mm, and on average 30-50 cm long. Stems are dark green when young and turn purplish-black when mature with whitish nodes. The lower part of the stems develop aerial roots from the nodes. Many clustered branches at the nodes with 1 larger dominant branch. Leaves are lance-shaped and are on average 20-30 cm long and 2-5 cm broad. Java Black Bamboo is a very desirable bamboo for making traditional musical instruments, handicrafts and fencing panels. It is a native of China South-Central, China Southeast, Jawa, Lesser Sunda Islands, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Manoj Chandran Photographed in Lalbagh, Bangalore.

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