Tree Species (Scientific Name)
Dendrocalamus asper
Food
Lumber
Product
English Common Name
Giant bamboo
Indonesian Common Name
Bambu petung, Awi bitung (Sundanese), Buluh batung (Batak), Pring Petung (Javanese)
Tree Family
Poaceae
Average Leaf Size (cm)
30cm
Length
×
2.5cm
Width
Tree Height
Medium (20–35m)
Elevational Range (m)
0–1500m
0 3000
Distribution
Native
Exotic
Native to Indonesia

Native to

Region
Asia
SE Asia
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Indonesia
Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku Islands, New Guinea, Sulawesi, Sumatra

Coffee Agroforestry Information

Coffee System
Robusta
Arabica
Coffee Impact
Unknown
Prevalence
Unknown
Cultivation
Planted
Regeneration
Requires Propagation
Tree Management

Propagated by rhizome or branch cuttings. Plant after roots have developed at 5-10 m x 5-10 m spacing before or during first half of rainy season. Grows best in heavy, well drained soils. Watering of young plants required. Mulching increases production of young shoots. Fertilize mature clumps yearly (one year with 100-300 kg/ha of 15-15-15 NPK and the next year with 50-60 kg/clump of manure) to improve soil texture and fertility

Tree Benefits and Uses

Farmer Uses
  • Food
  • Lumber
  • Product

Used to make stipes for construction, and as building material for houses and bridges. The young and tender shoots ("rebung") are consumed as a vegetable. The upper internodes of the culm, which are longer than the lowermost ones, are used as containers for water or to collect juice being tapped from palm inflorescences.

Farm Services
  • Unknown

Maintains water regulation and quantity.

Biodiversity Benefits
Unknown