Ochlandra scriptoria (Dennst.) C.E.C.Fisch.Bambusa scriptoria Dennst., Melocanna rheedii Steudel Ammei,
Common Name: Bheesa, kolanji, Ottal (Kerala)
Culms : Tufted Height: 5m Diameter:2.5cm Culm Color:
Internode Length: 45cm Culm Sheath Colour: truncate with 2 falcate, long-ciliate auricles; bladeslong, ensiform, 10-15 cm long, purplish.
Length of Leaf: 10- 25cm Breadth of Leaf : 1- 3cm Leaf Shape: Linear- lanceolate
Habitat: Altitude: Soil:
Native to: India
Introduced to: Karnataka, Tamil nadu, Kerala
Description of Inflorescence and Flower: short terminal or axillary spike. Spikelets cylindric, acute, glabrous,sterile in heads, smaller, 1.2-1.8 cm long, fertile few, subsolitary withbracts, empty glumes 2-3, flowering glume larger, sub-acute, paleaconvolute, not keeled, lodicules many. Stamens 15-18 or more,exserted, filaments free, slender, anthers mucronate. Ovary oblong,surmounted by perigynium containing the style, which is cleft atthe apex into 3 plumose stigmas.
Flowering Cycle: Flowering Reported:Western ghats(1988,1989,1992,1995)
Uses: Pulp and paper, baskets, mats, flutes, floats, rafts
References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998, Ohrnberger D,1999