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Dendrocalamus sikkimensis (Shar. demtshar , K. zang, Nep. dhungre bans)            D48


Similar to Dendrocalamus hookeri, but taller, with orange culms. The brown hairs on the culm sheaths are denser, more erect, and more persistent. The auricles on the culm sheaths are much larger and wider, and have more bristles. Also similar to Dendrocalamus giganteus, both species growing very large with horizontal culm sheath blades on new shoots. However, this species is smaller, and can easily be distinguished from D. giganteus by the long bristles on the auricles of the culm sheaths, and by the tough smooth leaf sheaths. The culms grow to a very large size and sections are used  for  carrying water


and as general containers. Culm walls are thin and not flexible enough for weaving. According to Gamble (1896) the foliage is said to be poisonous to cattle and horses, and the shoots are very bitter. Propagation by vegetative techniques is easy because of the abundance of aerial roots on the strong branches. Culm cuttings would be very successful with this species. Seed has not been collected. Common on dry slopes near the Mangde Chhu in Zhemgang district, and also reported to occur widely in eastern Bhutan. It is common in Sikkim from 1,100-1,900m.

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