Tree Species (Scientific Name)
Gigantochloa apus
Food
Fuelwood
Lumber
Product
Indonesian Common Name
Bambu apus, Bambu tali, Pring tali, Pring apus (Javanese), Awi tali (Sundanese)
Tree Family
Poaceae
Average Leaf Size (cm)
31cm
Length
×
5.5cm
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, Singapore, Thailand
Indonesia
Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands

Exotic in

SE Asia
Vietnam
Indonesia
Sulawesi, Sumatra

Coffee Agroforestry Information

Coffee System
Robusta
Arabica
Coffee Impact
Beneficial to coffee
Prevalence
Unknown
Cultivation
Planted
Regeneration
Unknown
Tree Management

Propagated by seed but most commonly propagated by rhizome, culm or branch cuttings. Good results are obtained with 1-year-old culm segments bearing 2 buds each. Cuttings should be set upright or at an angle and the node well covered with soil. In Indonesia, the best time for planting is from December to March. Spacing of 5-7 m squared. Normal care is required after establishment including weeding. Application of organic or chemical fertilizer increases productivity. Only culms ≥2 years should be harvested, preferably during the dry season (or in Indonesia between April and October) to minimize borer infestation. Competes with coffee.

Tree Benefits and Uses

Farmer Uses
  • Food
  • Fuelwood
  • Lumber
  • Product

Used to make cooking utensils, fishery utensils, furniture, ropes or strings, and in basketry. Its culms are durable and used as building material for roofings, walls, scaffoldings and bridges. Culms can be split into fine strips for weaving hats, baskets and other objects. When split finely and the pieces bent, the surface does not chip off. Shoots are consumed. In Java, the freshly cut shoots are buried in mud for 3-4 days to remove the bitter taste, before they are consumed as a vegetable.

Farm Services
  • Unknown

Maintains water regulation and quantity.

Biodiversity Benefits
Unknown