Dendrocalamus stocksii (Munro) M.Kumar, Remesh & UnnikrishnanPseudoxytenanthera stocksii (Munro) T.Q Nguyen , Gigantochloa stocksii (Munro) T.Q Nguyen
Common Name: Chivari, Mes (maharashtra), Konda (karnataka)
Culms : Tufted Height: 9m Diameter:2.5-4cm Culm Color:
Internode Length: 15-30cm Culm Sheath Colour: 15-22 cm long and7-17 cm broad, striate, silvery shining within, covered outside with matted deciduous reddish hairs mixed with smallwhite hairs with bulbous black bases, tapering gradually upwards and somewhat concavely truncate at apex, imperfectblade, subulate-acuminate, rounded at the base and again expanded in rounded wavy long- fringed auricle on the top ofthe sheath; ligule 7 mm, fimbriate.
Length of Leaf: 10-20 cm Breadth of Leaf : 1-2 cm Leaf Shape: linear-lanceolate
Habitat: Altitude: Soil:
Introduced to: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil nadu, Goa
Description of Inflorescence and Flower: large panicle of spicate heads with many closely packed spinous spikelets; headsabout 2.5 cm diameter supported by rounded chaffy bracts. Spikelets 1-1.2 cm long, narrow, glabrous, mucronate, fertileflorets many and mixed up with a few sterile. Glumes ovate, mucronate, 5-7-nerved, 2 hermaphrodite flowers; lemmasovate, sub acute, mucronate at the back; palea of the lower flowers as long as lemma, 2-keeled, ciliate on the keels.Stamens long, exserted; anthers short, acute; ovary ovoid, hairy; style long; stigma 1 plumose.
Flowering Cycle: Flowering Reported:North Kanara (1884,1889), Silent valley (1994)
Uses: Construction, baskets, umbrella handles
References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998