Calamus gamblei Becc. ex Becc. & Hook. f.

Common Name: Pacchachural
Acc. No. 121

Distribution: C. gamblei is reported from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka part of W. Ghats. This species occur at higher elevations, from 700 m asl upwards (Renuka, 1992b).

Provenance collected: Seeds of C. gamblei var. gamblei were collected from Peerumedu.

Nature of species: This is a clustering, moderate sized rattan, stem without sheaths to 1.5 cm in diameter. Two varieties are reported under this species, C. gamblei var. gamblei and C. gamblei var. Sphaerocarpa

Flowering: July – August.

Fruiting: May – June.

Conservation status:Endangered (Renuka, 2001).

Uses: This is used in furniture industry. Bhat (1992) reports this as a comparatively strong cane and graded under Class 1.

References: Renuka, C.,Bhat,K.V.,Pandalai,R.C. 2010. Rattans of India. Kerala Forest Research Institute,Peechi,Thrissur,Kerala.pp.64-67