Local/Bangla name: ‘Dolu Bash’
Scientific name: Schizostachyum dulloa (Gamble) Majumdar
Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)
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.
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.