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 Species (Scientific Name)
English Common Name
Indonesian Common Name
Bambu petung, Awi bitung (Sundanese), Buluh batung (Batak), Pring Petung (Javanese)
Average Leaf Size (cm)
Elevational Range (m)
Native to Indonesia
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku Islands, New Guinea, Sulawesi, Sumatra
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Tree Benefits and Uses
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.
Maintains water regulation and quantity.