24 April 2016

Cephalostachyum pergracile seeds from Thailand

Harvested Cephalostachyum pergracile seeds today.
Cephalostachyum pergracile, Schizostachyum pergracile — ไผ่ข้าวหลาม (phai khao lam)
■ Height 9-12 m; culm diameter 5-7 cm; dense clumper; habit upright, branches thin, numerous and short.
■ A beautiful bamboo which does not require much space in a garden. Culm sheaths golden yellow on bluish young culms. Native of Thailand.
■ Moisture-retentive soil, sun, light or partial shade.
■ Solitary or group, best in the light understorey of tall trees. Culm sections are used as cooking vessels for a Thai dish called ข้าว หลาม (khao lam), thus this species has been over-exploited in Thailand. Culms used for light-weight construction and split work.