Gigantochloa atter

Gigantochloa atter

Gigantochloa atter, also known as Giant Atter or Sweet Bamboo, is a dense tropical clumping bamboo native of Malaysia. Young shoots are consumed as a vegetable while the stems are used for making furniture and musical instruments.

Gigantochloa atter

Gigantochloa atter

Height 15 - 22 m
Diameter 5 - 10 cm
Growth Habit Dense Clumper
Climate Tropical - Subtropical
Hardiness -2°C
Origin Malaysia

Culms: Large tufted woody bamboo with dark green culms of 15-22 m high and 5-10 cm in diameter. Culm internodes are thin-walled and are on average 40–50 cm long. The lower part of the culms develop aerial roots from the nodes.

Branches: Many clustered branches at the nodes with 1 larger dominant branch.

Leaves: Leaves are lance-shaped and are on average 20-44 cm long and 3-9 cm wide.

Habitat: This bamboo is found in the low land and it has been observed growing from near the coast to about 1400 m above sea level.

Uses: In Central Java, people call this species bambu legi which means sweet bamboo. Young shoots of this bamboo are consumed as a vegetable and as delicious as those of Dendrocalamus asper. The culm of this species is very useful for building material. It is also used for making musical instruments and other handicrafts.

Origin: This species is native of Malaysia. In Indonesia (Java and Sumatra), it is commonly cultivated in village areas.