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Edible Portion: Shoots

A bamboo. It grows to 25 m tall. It forms dense thickets. The stems are 7-12 cm across. The stems are curved downwards and the nodes are marked with root scars. The internodes are 20-40 cm long. The stem sheath is triangular. The leaves are narrow and sword shaped. They have small teeth along the edge. The leaves are rough underneath. The leaf sheaths have stiff hairs. The flower is reddish brown. The fruit is a grain which is oval and beaked. It flowers both annually and gregariously after 30 years.