Bengal Bamboo
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Bengal Bamboo
ative Photo: Vinod Yadav
Common name: Bengal Bamboo, Polymorph bamboo • Hindi: Betwa • Tripura: Bari
Botanical name: Bambusa polymorpha    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Bengal Bamboo is a large, handsome tufted bamboo with tall, clean culms reaching 25-30 m in height and 15 cm in diameter. Evergreen or deciduous under drier conditions. ; internodes gray-green, 40–65 cm, initially with white powdery chaff; wall thick; nodes slightly prominent, several basal nodes with rings of aerial roots; branching only from mid-culm up. Branches many, clustered, arched, slender. Leaf blade is linear to narrowly lanceolate, 15-20 × 0.9-1.5 cm, both surfaces initially velvety, later adaxially hairy near base and abaxially along midrib. Bengal Bamboo is found in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Thailand.

Identification credit: Vinod Yadav
Photographed in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
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