Dolu Bamboo

Dolu Bamboo

Local/Bangla name: ‘Dolu Bash’

Scientific name: Schizostachyum dulloa (Gamble) Majumdar

Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Poales
Family Poaceae
Genus Schizostachyum
Species S. dulloa

 Botanical Description of Dolu Bamboo

Habitat: Available in the northern hilly areas of Sylhet, and in Cachar, Assam.

Habit: It is an evergreen, perennial, bamboo with short rhizomes.

Root: Fibrous root system

Stem: The culms is erect, leaning, or scandent, are 6 – 9 metres long; 25 – 75mm in diameter with thin-walled internodes 40 – 75cm long.
Flower: Monocarpic, has a period of 15 years between flowering.

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Economic Importance

The culms are generally used for making baskets, mats and small boxes. They have also been used for making containers to carry water, for making umbrellas, masts, poles and in light construction. It is also used in a delicacy cooked by people of Sylhet and Cachar is locally known as “chunga”; sticky rice (locally called Birain chal” is cooked in chungas cut out of Dolu bash.

 

One comment

  • Prof. M. Muhibur Rahman, Former Member, UGC

    Congratulations to Prof Baset and his team.
    I enjoyed viewing some of the photos in the gallery. It is quite entertaining, and of course of educational value
    for the relevant people.
    If I may make a suggestion, please include a few words about the availability of the plant and its uses. I know Dolu bash, it is available in the northern hilly areas of Sylhet, and of course in Cachar, Assam. A delicacy cooked by people of Sylhet and Cachar is locally known as “chunga”; sticky rice (locally called Birain chal” is cooked in chungas cut out of Dolu bash.
    There may of course be other interesting uses of Dolu bash.

    Prof. M. Muhibur Rahman, Former Member, UGC

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