Ochlandra wightii (Munro) C.E.C. Fisch.

Bambusa wightii Munro ,Teinostachyum wightii (Munro) Bedd.
Common Name: Ira-calli(Tamil Nadu)

Bamboo Morphology Culms : Tufted Height: 6.5-7.5m  Diameter:1.5-2cm  Culm Color:
Internode Length: 48cm  Culm Sheath Colour: 8-15 cm long excluding the blade, 5 cmbroad, covered with many appressedlightbrownsubulate hairs; blade 6 cm long and1-1.5 cm broad, lanceolate acuminate.

Length of Leaf: 18-36 cm  Breadth of Leaf : 3.5-7.5 cm  Leaf Shape: oblong-lanceolate

Habitat:   Altitude: 1000m  Soil:

Native to:
Introduced to: Dehra Dun

Description of Inflorescence and Flower: Inflorescence onterminal spike with thick rachis. Spikeletsseveral in the verticils in the axils of bracts,glabrous, 2.3-2.8 x 0.4-0.6 cm, conical,striate; empty glumes 4, basal, manynerved,glabrous, 0.6-2 x 0.2-0.4 cm, outertwo thicker, ovate-truncate with a subulatepoint, the inner 2 ovate, acute mucronate,flowering glume thin, membranaceous,1.8 x 0.15 cm, many-nerved; palea as long as flowering glume, narrow; lodicule 1, large, 1.3 x 0.25 cm, many-nerved, tip serrate; stamens upto 60, filamentsnarrow, long, apiculate. Ovary glabrous, perigynium thick enclosing the style; stigmas 5, plumose.
Flowering Cycle:   Flowering Reported:Kerala, Achenkoil(1992)


Uses: Pulp and paper, mats, baskets, huts, fodder

References: Seethalakshmi K. K ,1998